President's Welcome

Inspiration and Innovation Continues at the Springfield Museums!

Your Springfield Museums are here for you and prepared as always to inspire curiosity and creativity, and to provide a space of solace.

On March 14, the Museums closed to the public in cooperation with the national effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.



Although the Museums are closed, our beautiful Quadrangle grounds and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden are open for children, families and adults seeking the fresh air at a safe social distance from one another.

Behind the scenes, our staff are busy creating content for the a virtual museum experience that can be accessed on the Engage Page. Here you will find an array of virtual tours of our collections, videos of our staff conducting demonstrations, and hands-on activities you can do as you shelter-in-place.

The Museums staff are also working on innovative strategies to safely re-open the Museums. Until that time, we miss you and look forward to welcoming you back and sharing the treasures of the Quadrangle with one and all!


Kay Simpson's Signature

Kay Simpson, President


Mission Statement

The Springfield Museums inspire exploration of our connections to art, history and science through outstanding collections, exhibitions and programs.

Vision Statement

The Springfield Museums will be a locally, regionally and nationally recognized museum system known for our diversity of audiences, strength in education, and popular appeal. The success of the Museums will help to transform Springfield. The Museums will be fully staffed, technologically current, well maintained and financially sound.

Guiding Principles

The Springfield Museums is a multidisciplinary organization comprised of five separate museums acting in the public trust, representing the disciplines of art, history, and science.

The Springfield Museums collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret works of art, historical objects, artifacts, specimens, and living collections.  These collections invite public participation and are the basis for research, exhibits and programs.

Grounded in a tradition of public service, the organization holds its collections and information as a benefit for those it was established to serve. Members of its governing authority, employees and volunteers are committed to the interest of these beneficiaries.

The collections of the Springfield Museums represent the community’s natural and cultural common wealth.  As stewards of that wealth, the Springfield Museums strive to advance and foster an informed appreciation of our rich and diverse world. The Springfield Museums also embrace environmental sustainability as a strategic value, balancing economic, social, and environmental factors to prevent negative environmental impacts from our operations.

The Springfield Museums comply with all local, state and federal laws and international conventions of which the United States is a party, as well as with the specific legal standards governing trust responsibilities.

Board of Trustees

  • Kathleen Kane, Chair
  • Francis J. Cataldo, Jr., Vice Chair
  • Cynthia Campbell
  • Helen Caulton‐Harris, mayoral appointed trustee
  • Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper
  • Roger Crandall
  • Jane Engelman
  • Jeffrey I. Fialky, Esq., Assistant Treasurer
  • Heriberto Flores
  • Ellen Freyman, Esq.
  • Dena M. Hall
  • Samuel Hanmer
  • Anthony Hayes
  • Andrew Henshon, Treasurer
  • Dr. Mark Keroack
  • Michael Mathis
  • John M. O’Brien III, CPA
  • Michael J. Oleksak
  • Melinda M. Phelps, Esq.
  • Timothy J. Plante
  • Evan C. Plotkin
  • Richard E. Ryall, Clerk
  • Patrick J. Sullivan, mayoral appointed trustee
  • Mark Teed
  • Anthony Tranghese
  • R. Lyman Wood

Trustee Emeriti

  • David Starr, in memoriam

Senior Staff

Roger Bunce

Manager of Security and Safety

Larissa Murray

Director of Education

Kathleen Simpson


Karen Fisk

Director of Marketing and Communication Strategy

Joanie Muratore-Pallatino

Director of Human Resources

Heather Haskell

Vice President/Director of Art Museums

Heather Cahill

Director of Development

Bernard Spirito

Chief Financial Officer