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Magic at the Museums

February 20 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

There’s mischief afoot! Enjoy strolling magic in the galleries, try your hand at a variety of magic tricks, pop in our wizard photo booth, make your own potion and more. Free with museum admission!

Today’s Performance

Eric Benton presents Clever Nonsense, 2 pm
Join magician Eric Benton as he leads you into a world of silly tricks and whimsical mysteries. Adults and kids alike will be delighted and amazed as specks of dust grow and multiply, a hat reads minds, and imaginary friends become real! Eric performs original magical creations as well as the classics of magic with presentations influenced by his love of absurd comedy, myths and folklore, and psychology.

Ongoing Activities

Strolling Magic, 11 am-1 pm
Malik the Magic Guy is a comedy magician with over 25 years of experience performing for families.

You’re the Magician!, 11 am-3 pm
Dress up in a cape, pull a rabbit out of a hat, and try your hand at a variety of other magic tricks too. Try some, “Science Magic,” led by one of our friendly and knowledgeable educators.

Wizard’s Photo Booth, 11 am-3 pm
Whether you’re a first year student or the leader of a fellowship, grab a cloak, a wand, cauldron, and an owl puppet to take a selfie. Share on social media using #atthemuseums.

Colorful, Magical Creatures, 11 am-3 pm
Wildlife coloration and markings relate to the specific habitat of each animal. Colors can help animals survive by concealing them, helping them blend into the background, stand out as a warning, or mimic another species. Compare and contrast brightly colored animals and animals that camouflage, then create your own magical bird, reptile, fish, insect, amphibian, or mammal and describe how its colors help it survive and thrive.

Make Your Own Potion, noon-4 pm
Follow a scavenger hunt through the second floor of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum to “collect” magical ingredients to create your own potion in the Art Discovery Center.


February 20
10:00 am–5:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


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