President's Welcome

Museum President Kay Simpson

What a difference a year makes!

Last summer at this time, the Museums were getting ready to reopen following a four month closure. After 12 months of reduced capacity, the Museums are now welcoming in large numbers of enthusiastic visitors while still maintaining safety protocols.

Whether you are visiting our five Museums for the first time, or are a repeat visitor, we are excited to share our collections, programs, exhibitions and outdoor sculpture garden with you.

In addition to offering unforgettable experiences in the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and in our permanent collections in the art, history and science museums, the Museums have a varied array of special exhibitions on view. Horn Man: The Life and Legacy of Charles Neville celebrates his musical artistry through a display of personal mementos, musical instruments, photographs and music. Art lovers will enjoy viewing dynamic sculptures both outside on the Museums Grounds and inside the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the exhibition Constructing Poetry: Sculptural Work by Don Gummer. Another art exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Tradition and Dissent, showcases the work of one of the contemporary art world’s most influential artists. Wild Kratts: Creature Power! at the Science Museum is completely interactive and family-friendly.

The return of our Summer Spectacular programming will guarantee that your visit to the Museums will be the most fun that you will ever have in a museum. In addition to hands-on learning experiences, costumed character appearances and art activities, visitors will be able to attend outdoor concerts on our spacious grounds. You will not want to miss all that we have to offer at the Museums – there truly is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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 acknowledge that we are located on the traditional land of the Eastern Algonquian peoples–including the Pocumtuc, Agawam, Nipmuc, and Nonotuck–and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations and continue to steward it today. In the United States, we all stand on Native land in a country still shaped by a history of slavery and by racism. We gratefully acknowledge those who have come before us and those who continue to fight injustice today.

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.

The Springfield Museums is committed to learning, taking action, and embracing inclusion as a core organizational value in order to warmly welcome all people.

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.

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Museums' Impact Report 2020

Board of Trustees

  • Kathleen Kane, Chair
  • Christopher Borowiec
  • Cynthia Campbell, Clerk
  • Francis J. Cataldo, Jr.
  • Helen Caulton-Harris, mayoral appointed trustee
  • Roger Crandall
  • Jeffrey I. Fialky Esq., Assistant Treasurer
  • Heriberto Flores
  • Ellen W. Freyman Esq.
  • Dena Hall
  • Samuel Hanmer
  • Anthony Hayes
  • Dr. Mark Keroack
  • Melinda M. Phelps Esq., Vice Chair
  • Timothy “TJ” Plante
  • Evan C. Plotkin
  • Mara Sfara
  • Patrick J. Sullivan, mayoral appointed trustee
  • Mark Teed
  • Anthony Tranghese
  • Lyman Wood, Treasurer

Trustee Emeriti

  • Donald D’Amour
  • David Starr, in memoriam