If you grew up reading Dr. Seuss books or you're reading them to your kids now, you need to add a visit to Springfield, Massachusetts to your family's travel list to take in all of the sights of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. The museum has three levels dedicated to the work of Dr. Seuss mixing artifacts, interactive stations and crafts.
One Ticket, Five Museums
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is part of the collection of Springfield Museums and when you purchase a ticket for the Seuss Museum you receive entry into all of the museums for the day. The other museums available to explore are the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, Michael and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.
During my visit I took my two girls to the Seuss Museum and the Science Museum both of these are very toddler-friendly. When we visited the Science Museum they were running a Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit. At the same time the History Museum was featuring "Toytopia" however we ran out of hours in the day to explore everything!
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Located just outside of the doors to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is the free to explore, Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. There are sculptures featuring favorite Seuss characters like Horton of Horton Hears a Who, Sam of Green Eggs and Ham and the Lorax of The Lorax.
Three Levels to Explore Inside The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss
The museum is 100% accessible, when I took my girls we had our double stroller and while the upstairs was a bit tight we were able to maneuver around. The upper level is where the artifacts, early illustrations and letters are showcased. This level is probably going to be the least interesting to your toddler since there is nothing for them to interact with or touch.
The lowest level (the basement) is where your child can take part in arts and crafts. When we visited the craft of the day was coloring a hot air balloon inspired by Oh the Places You'll Go. There is also a small library of Dr. Seuss books for you and your child to read together.
The main level of the museum, the level you enter from the street is set up in a way liken to a small children's museum. Every room is packed with fun and interactive stations all featuring beloved Seuss characters! My toddler loved playing in the pretend bakery it's stocked with plastic food, cabinets and pretend appliances. Another favorite was the Lego building station! Children can learn how to recycle with The Lorax and stack with Yertle the Turtle. Throughout each room there are character statues that make the perfect photo ops!
Seuss fans of all ages will get a kick out of visiting The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Traveling with a toddler? Be sure to make the most out of your visit by checking to see if the other museums are hosting any kid-friendly exhibits.
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