The museum is the first and only dedicated to Theodor Geisel, best known by his pen name Dr Seuss. Located in his hometown of Springfield, it is part of Springfield Museums, which runs four institutions in the city.
The museum opens its doors on 3 June with huge festivities that are sure to draw in many fans of the whimsical writer’s work. Well-known for his efforts to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages, the first floor of the museum will be home to a 3200-square-foot exhibition that is designed to help children explore new sounds and words. There they can play rhyming games, make up stories and more. Exhibits like Readingville will take visitors into the author’s famous books. Many of Seuss-fans’ favourite characters will be there, like the Lorax, the Cat in the Hat and Horton’s Whoville Band.
The exhibit Young Ted in Springfield will explore the author’s childhood and life in the town, which is about a 2 hour drive inland from Boston. Within the museum there will be a replica of Geisel’s childhood home at 74 Fairfield Street, which includes touchscreens where “visitors can ‘draw’ on the bedroom walls as Ted famously did as a child”, according to the website.
The second floor of the museum will contain Dr Seuss’ and his family’s personal memorabilia, including family photos and home videos. That includes a collection of oil paintings, “zany hats and bowties”, and a sofa and armchair from his sitting room and studio. The second floor will also contain information on the creation of the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, which is located in Springfield and contains a whimsical sculpture by Geisel’s stepdaughter Lark Grey Dimond-Cates.
Tickets to Springfield Museums are $25 for adults, $13 for youth, and children under three are free. Guests will gain entry to all five museums, which includes the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.