Affordable Family Fun at The Springfield Museums
We visited the Springfield museums in Springfield, Massachusetts, a week after Dr Seuss’s Birthday because my son really wanted to visit. While we had planned the weekend prior, but the truth is I wanted to status match my Caesars Reward Status to MGM in Springfield while we were there but was still waiting for my status match from Caesars to show up. You can find out how you can get Caesar’s Reward Status and 4 Free nights at Atlantis here.
The Springfield Museums are part of the ASTC museum reciprocity program which means you can purchase a membership here or at another participating museum and have access to 100s of museums for free.
Springfield Museums Review
The kids have been to the Springfield Museum including the Dr Seuss Museum several times. We visit about once a year as its one of many museums passes our local library offers for free to be checked out. This means admission for our entire family is free. Check out your local library and ask if they offer free museum passes. It’s a great way to save on family entertainment or stay-cations.
The Amazing World of Dr.Seuss Museum
We arrived just before 10 am and headed to the main building to check-in and get our bracelets and timed tickets for The Dr.Seuss Museum. They had 10 am tickets available and we figured that’s when it would be the quietest and it was. There’s a red pathway around the museum that you can follow to take you around the museum, but we have never done this because our kids always want to lead the way.
The Dr Seuss Museum will take 1-2 hours. There’s a game room with various statues that are not only photo props but also interactive such as climbing into the box Thing 1 and 2 came out of or sit on one hump two hump three humps or four OR Stack turtles or how to sort recyclables.
The museum is 2 levels the basement level offers an arts and craft and a scavenger hunt. A sticker is the prize.. The third level is a display of Dr Seuss memorabilia and story of his life including his baby book. There is nothing interactive here, but you can see his office area and it is included in the scavenger hunt.
Outside the Dr Seuss Museum is a courtyard that has several Dr Seuss Character themed statues.
The science museum is small but full of a lot of interesting and kid-friendly displays. When you walk downstairs you will enter an area with stuffed animals as well as live reptiles and turtle tanks. There’s also a small aquarium with a couple of handful of tanks. There’s a Dinosaur room with a life-size replica and a footprint mild kids can sit/lay in. There’s a small Indian display with spearheads and an Indian hut kids can crawl into.
There’s also a room that has a huge animal display all stuffed/preserved including a real elephant. Honestly, we have yet to make it through this entire museum there’s always so much to see and usually a special exhibit
The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
There’re 2 art museums that are part of the Springfield Museums. We haven’t really visited either though one year we visited a temporary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Art Exhibit.
The Springfield Museums frequently have special exhibits. As mentioned we once saw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Exhibit at the Art Museum. Today we visited the Toytopia Traveling exhibit and had a wonderful time. The Springfield Museums are a great place for children to learn and have fun. With a nice variety of options to keep children entertained.