Fairfield Street

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

An introduction to historic Springfield, the Springfield Ted knew as a boy in the early twentieth-century.

  • The Howard Street Armory with its castle-like turrets was across the street from the house in which Ted was born. Children can press buttons on this interactive exhibit to see Seuss and Geisel family photos as well as scenes from Ted’s childhood Springfield.
  • The Barney Mausoleum in Forest Park, with its distinctive sphynx statue and winding curved stairs is recreated as an image that would have impressed young Ted.
  • Geisel moved to 74 Fairfield Street when he was two years old and lived there until he went to college at Dartmouth. From his bedroom at night he could hear lions roaring. They lived just six blocks away in the Forest Park Zoo. You can press buttons on the façade of 74 Fairfield Street to hear the animals Ted would have heard from the zoo.