Stewards of the Past, Museums for the Future!
First established in 1857, the Springfield Museums celebrated its 161st birthday in 2018. Our historic and architecturally significant museum buildings house remarkable collections of nearly three million objects and documents that include rare art work, scientific specimens, and historic artifacts. Best of all, the Museums are not only stewards of an extraordinary past, the Museums are a living, breathing organism that is constantly evolving to reach new generations of visitors and ever-expanding audiences. .
In June of 2017, the Museums opened the long-awaited Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Designed as tribute to Springfield-born icon of children’s literature,
Theodor Seuss Geisel, our fifth Museum immerses visitors into a Seussian world filled with his whimsical characters as well as the private realm of his studio and sitting room. Rooted in interactivity and play, the Dr. Seuss Museum has elevated our Museums to previously unimaginable success. In the first year alone, we increased our visitation by 110% and attracted media attention from across the country and around the world.
And the excitement of opening the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is only the beginning. This year, our MassMutual-funded collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution will bring us a dynamic exhibition, Pop! Icons of American Culture and Spark!Lab, a science education makerspace that will position our Science Museum as the regional center of STEM learning. In addition, we will launch a series of phenomenal exhibitions and programs through our new partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and cohort art museums throughout New England.
Our vision for the future is limitless and we invite you to be inspired at the Springfield Museums as we continue to flourish and grow!
Kay Simpson, President
The Springfield Museums inspire exploration of our connections to art, history and science through outstanding collections, exhibitions and programs.
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.
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
- Andrew Henshon, Treasurer
- Jeffrey I. Fialky, Esq., Assistant Treasurer
- Richard E. Ryall, Clerk
- Cynthia Campbell
- Helen Caulton‐Harris, mayoral appointed trustee
- Mary Beth Cooper
- Roger Crandall
- Jane Engelman
- Herbie Flores
- Ellen Freyman, Esq.
- Dena M. Hall
- Anthony Hayes
- Mark Keroack
- Michael Mathis
- John M. O’Brien III, DPA
- Michael J. Oleksak
- Wayne E. Phaneuf
- Melinda M. Phelps, Esq.
- Timothy “TJ” Plante
- Evan C. Plotkin
- David Starr
- Patrick J. Sullivan, mayoral appointed trustee
- Anthony Tranghese
- Lyman Wood