Oh, the Places We’ll Go Together!
Written in 1990 by Springfield’s own Theodor “Seuss” Geisel, the story Oh, the Places You’ll Go! speaks to the optimism and promise of the year ahead for the Springfield Museums. Not only are plans well underway to open the first Dr. Seuss Museum in the world, but the Museums are embarking on a comprehensive campaign of capital improvements that will breathe new life into our historic museum buildings and draw fresh attention to our wonderful collections of art, history and science.
Innovation is not new to the Springfield Museums. From their earliest beginnings, the Museums have served as a vibrant center of educational opportunity and offered a window on cultures from around the globe. The extraordinary scope of the collections, nearly three million objects and documents, range from Chinese ceramics, American and European art, dinosaur fossils, Middle Eastern rugs, historic photographs and manuscripts, Medieval panel paintings, and Native American baskets to technological inventions that changed America. Our unique campus of four museums also includes the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a series of larger than life-size bronze sculptures that grace our beautifully landscaped grounds. In addition to our permanent exhibition galleries, we offer a continuous array of special exhibitions and programs throughout the year.
In 2017 we opened a fifth attraction, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum to honor Ted’s Springfield legacy and provide visitors of all ages with insights to his creative genius. There is so much in store for the future, and whether you are a visitor, member or donor we hope you will join us on our incredible journey!
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
- John M. O’Brien III, CPA, Chair
- Kathleen Kane, 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
- Jane Engelman
- Herbie Flores
- Ellen Freyman, Esq.
- Mark G. Hambley
- Samuel Hamner
- Mark Keroack
- Kathleen Kane
- Noel R. Leary
- Mike Mathis
- Jay Minkarah
- Michael J. Oleksak
- Wayne E. Phaneuf
- Melinda M. Phelps, Esq.
- Evan C. Plotkin
- Mary Ellen Scott
- David Starr
- Patrick J. Sullivan, mayoral appointed trustee
- Anthony Tranghese
- Lyman Wood