Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

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Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum
Springfield Museums Logo 2017.png
EstablishedJune 2017
LocationSpringfield, Massachusetts
TypeLiterary and children's museum
Websitespringfieldmuseums.org

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is a museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States located in the William Pynchon Memorial Building, which until 2009 housed the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. The museum opened in June 2017.[1][2] It is located on the Quadrangle along with the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and other museums.

Exhibits[edit]

The museum has several rooms on the main floor with interactive sculptures, exhibits, and original and reproduced artwork from Dr. Seuss.[3] The upper level has original oil paintings, a recreation of Geisel's studio, complete with his drawing board and other original items, and family and fan correspondence.[4] The basement, called Cat's Corner, has art workspace and copies of Dr. Seuss Books to read.[5]

Controversy[edit]

The Seuss Museum was set to host a Children's Literature Festival featuring three children's authors, Lisa Yee, Mike Curato, and Mo Willems on October 14, 2017. On October 5, the three authors posted a statement on their Twitter accounts explaining their reason for canceling, namely, a recently painted mural featuring a Chinese racial stereotype from Seuss' first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The museum canceled the event and also decided to remove the mural. The event was not rescheduled despite the authors thanking the museum for its quick action and offering to fulfill their speaking engagements.[6]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craggs, Ryan (2017-06-05). "A Museum Dedicated to Dr. Seuss Just Opened". Condé Nast Traveler. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  2. ^ "Oh the Places You'll Go! Dr. Seuss museum opens its doors". USA TODAY. 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  3. ^ "Dr. Seuss Museum | Springfield Museums". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Springfield Museums unveils new interactive exhibits added to Amazing World of Dr. Seuss". 12 June 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ "The Cat's Corner | Springfield Museums". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ Hauser, Christine (2017-10-06). "Dr. Seuss Museum Will Remove Mural After Authors Object to 'Racial Stereotype'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-10-06.

Coordinates: 42°06′14″N 72°35′13″W / 42.104°N 72.587°W / 42.104; -72.587