1150 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: (413) 739-7261
Fax: (413) 737-8410
Arts & Museums
Springfield's Museum of Fine Arts includes collections of fine artworks by some of the world's greatest painters and sculptors. Highlights of the permanent Impressionist collection include works by Money, Gauguin, Degas, Pissaro and Renoir, 19th-and 20th-century Japanese prints, and modern artworks by O'Keefe and Prendergast. The Fine Arts Museum also boasts the only permanent collection of Currier & Ives lithographs.
Built in the style of an Italianate villa in 1895, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum houses an eccentric collection of artifacts of Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and China, artworks, Chinese ceramics, Japanese armor and plaster casts of major European sculptures. This art museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts of all ages who are visiting the Springfield Museums, especially with the Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center that allows children to explore Japanese and Chinese cultures.
Storrowton Village is a living history museum located on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds. The antique buildings around the mini-town within the fairgrounds come from New Hampshire and Massachusetts recreate a New England town during the 19th Century. The Village is primarily open during the summer months and get the most visitors of the year during The Big E. Definitely a fun and educational outing for the entire family. Check the website for varying dates.
The Connecticut Valley Historical Museum is dedicated to the history of the Connecticut River Valley and its many inhabitants. Not only are there exhibits about the area's history, but there is also a library for genealogical research with French-Canadian and Ellis Island records, diaries, deeds, photographs and more. Dr Seuss fans will enjoy the Seuss Scape and Seuss on the Loose in Springfield exhibits with original artwork and informational displays on the Geisel family's history.
One of the most unique public spaces in the country, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden has five different statues and sculptures of some of Dr Seuss' most beloved characters. A ten-foot Horton, the Lorax, Yertle the Turtle and the Cat in the Hat are some of the cartoon creatures that come to life in this playful garden. The largest sculpture is the complete copy of Oh, the Places You'll Go! with a very moving tribute to the author with a life-size sculpture of Dr Seuss at his desk.
The Springfield Science Museum and Seymour Planetarium is dedicated to the natural sciences and artifacts found throughout New England. Children can explore and learn about the habitats of the Amazon rainforest, African savanna, a coral reef or the New England coastal areas. If a trip through time is more their thing, the Dinosaur Hall has replicas of Tyrannosaurus Rex as well as some dinosaurs native to the Connecticut River Valley. Tickets to the Seymour Planetarium (the nation's oldest) can be purchased separately, so sit back and check out over 7000 stars of our solar system.
Founded in 1959, the present facility of the Basketball Hall of Fame was opened in 2002 is a gorgeously modern building shaped like a basketball. Located, on three floors, the museum houses a large collection of sports memorabilia, exhibits and more dedicated to athletes and teams from around the world, innovators, coaches, commentators and referees. At the end of your self-guided tour, shoot some baskets on the regulation-size court at a variety of hoops, ranging from the wooden headboards of the 1890s to the fiberglass models of the 21st Century.
Built in 1848, Wistariahurst Museum is a historic museum which offers a glimpse of the lives of William Skinner's two generations whose home this was till 1959. From the interior works to the art collections and manuscripts, everything takes you back to a different era. The museum also hosts various events, concerts, workshops and more to promote Holyoke's rich culture and history. The beautiful gardens and grounds are open daily but the museum is only for three days a week.
Located in the birthplace of volleyball, Holyoke, the Volleyball Hall of Fame stands as a "living memorial" to the sport of volleyball and those players, coaches and other people who have truly excelled at the highest level in this sport. Since 1985 the hall of fame has inducted over 50 members and enjoys sponsorships from such organizations as USA Volleyball, the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation, and the Japanese Volleyball Association.
"The Children's Museum at Holyoke provides participatory exhibits and educational programs that invite the interaction of children and adults to promote enjoyable learning and self-discover in the arts, sciences, and the world around them."
The Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center serves as an educational and teaching facility for the entire community and is a living memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
The Titanic Historical Society Museum in Indian Orchard features the collection owned by the Titanic Historical Society. The artifacts and works were mainly donated to the society's president, Edward S. Kamuda by survivors of the tragedy. The range of memorabilia is wide, and includes the original blueprints of the ship's tank top, Mary Astor's life jacket, dinner menus, crew communications, furniture, and more. One exhibit also examines the role the Titanic has played in popular media since the 1950s, featuring sheet music and movie posters. Admission to the museum is USD4 for adults, USD2 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6.