President's Welcome

Welcome back to the Springfield Museums!

On July 13, we joyously reopened our doors to the public after being closed for 4 months as part of the national effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Whether you are visiting the Museums for the first time, or returning to us after our closure, we are excited to share our collections, programs, exhibitions and outdoor sculpture garden with you this summer.

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.  From the Lion Guard exhibition in the Science Museum that enables children to work to protect the “Circle of Life,” to the Hall of Heroes exhibition that celebrates America’s favorite superheroes through larger than life figures of the Hulk, Wonder Woman, and the Batmobile, you can engage with interactive displays while maintaining a safe distance from other visitors. Art lovers and automobile enthusiasts alike will enjoy the Luster exhibition in the D’Amour of Fine Arts which showcases hyperrealist paintings of cars and motorcycles.

Maintaining the health and safety of our visitors is of paramount concern. Our mandatory mask-policy and social distancing protocols will keep you and your loved ones safe during your visit. 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 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.

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