During this time of closure, the Springfield Museums want very much to stay connected with our visitors—we miss you and hope you are all keeping safe and well.
With art, history, science and Seuss as resources, we are pleased to offer a number of ways to explore our collections, programs, and activities from wherever you might be. Enjoy exploring this expanded content—we will continue to update the information, so please check back often.
There is a lot to engage with on our social media on our social media channels as well. We look forward to seeing you soon #AtTheMuseums!
Funding from Mass Humanities has been provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
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We want to make sure you know about our wonderfully whimsically, interactive SeussInSpringfield.org, where you can learn about Ted Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—and his childhood in Springfield, MA. This site includes lots of interactive games. Please check it out.
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More: The King’s Crown, Hot Air Balloon, Invent at Home: Replant an Apple Orchard, Apple Core Craft, Invent at Home: ISS Module, Harmonica, Invent at Home: Animal Homes, Turtle Bookmark, Invent at Home: Flying Machines, Paper Plate Whale, Invent at Home: Hoop Glider, Paper Tube Fox, Invent at Home: Mars Rover, Crazy Daisy, Invent at Home: Grow Food, Make a 3-D Cat, Invent at Home: Sketch It, Truffula Handprint Trees, Invent at Home: Transporting Water, Make a Butterfly, Invent at Home: Clean Up the Ocean
Original activities created by our staff and inspired by our collections and special exhibits.
More: Freezing Point, Use Water to Make Art, Moving Water, The Leak-Proof Bag Experiment, Astronomy@Home: Tell A Celestial Story, Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction, Astronomy@Home: Planetary Scale Model, Astronomy@Home: On the Surface, Inertia Challenge, Astronomy@Home: Atmosphere & Wind, Astronomy@Home: Create a Tooled Sun, Clothespin Scientist Puppets, Astronomy@Home: On the Move, Astronomy@Home: Make Art with Shadows, Unbreakable Egg Experiment, Astronomy@Home: Fun with Shadows, Astronomy@Home: Moon Art Activity, Astronomy@Home: Create a Crater, Super Shiny Pennies Experiment, Sweet Art: Shaving Cream Marbled Eggs, Sweet Science: Decorating Eggs,Walking Water Experiment, Sweet Art: DIY Sweet Play Dough, Sweet Science: Will It Float?, Sweet Art: Painting with Fluff, Sweet Science: Mixtures & Solutions
Take a photo with your masterpiece and post with #AtTheMuseums or #SeussInSpringfield so we can share your awesome work!
More Coloring Pages: La Poule by Pablo Picasso, At the Feline Café by Astrid Sheckels, Cat in Hat with Sausage by Diane deGroat, Then Water Came and Quenched the Fire by Frank Stella, In Winter Hats and All, Will This Cat Race Be Too Close to Call? by A.P. Sabourin, Cat Call by Priscilla Alpaugh, Japanese Corner by John Haberle, Portrait of Unknown Duchess by Elizabeth Finney, Pounce de León by Scott Murphy, Church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice by Bernardo Bellotto, Fish—One, Two, Three—and a Cat Floating in the Sea! by Shelley Rotner, Kit Ocelot by John Steven Gurney, Tiger by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Cats Love Trees by Linda D. Graves, Draculitter by Russ Cox, Still Life with Watermelon by Raphaelle Peale, Good Things by Grace Lin, Hat on Cat by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Grainstack by Claude Monet, Young Girl Singing into a Mirror by Jean-Étienne Liotard, Portrait of Aubergine by Anna Alter, Flapper Cats by Nicole Tagdell, New Mexican Landscape by Georgia O’Keeffe, Cavalier on a Horse Executing a Levade by Jacob Jordaen,The Owl & the Pussycat by Nancy Sippel Carpenter, Cat in Hat Casting Call by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, The New Novel by Winslow Homer, Flowers in a Bronze Vase by Justus van Huysum, Cat in a Bowler Hat 1 by Hazel Mitchell, Cool Cat by Jackie Urbanovic, The Fisherman with His Dog by Joseph Whiting Stock, Rehearsal Before the Ballet by Edgar Degas
Live instruction from our dedicated faculty in studio arts, creative writing, and more.
Our staff have the wonderful honor of appearing on regional television shows to talk about the Museums and share at-home activities.
Added June 25
Daytime Arietids Meteor Shower
Reef Tank at the Science Museum
How to Draw a Pterodactyl
The World’s Oldest-Operating “Star Ball”
Spotting Arcturus in the Spring Night Sky
Massachusetts Museums Go Virtual
Volunteers Make the Difference: Master Gardeners
Interview with Artist Marlene Yu
Bird Song Equinox
Springfield Science Museum Observatory
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Hands-on Erosion Experiment
What work of art from the Springfield Museums could you recreate at home? How about your own version of this one? Post with the hashtag #AtTheMuseums and we will share on our social media channels.
Our 30th annual Earth Day Festival is now an online event! Click the link to find many resources and activities that demonstrate ways to enjoy the outdoors, learn about the beautiful natural world that surrounds us, and promote conservation through everyday actions. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let us all strive to become better environmental stewards!
Enjoy virtual school vacation week activities, inspired by the special exhibit Dinosaur Train and our permanent collections.
Day 1 – Monday, April 20: Dinosaurs & Dragons
Day 2 – Tuesday, April 21: Fossils
Day 3 – Wednesday, April 22: Dinosaur Tracks
Day 4 – Thursday, April 23: Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct?
Day 5: Friday, April 25: Just for Fun!
The Springfield Museums will soon be opening our own replica International Space Station (ISS) Module! In the meantime, our friends at the ISS National Lab have created a wonderful web-based hub highlighting many of programs and activities for Space Station Explorers!