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The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum – Springfield, Massachusetts

Dedicated to Theodor Geisel (pen name Dr. Seuss), The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum recently opened in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. Exhibits are spread over two floors and 3,200 square feet of fun.

The first floor is kid-centric, with a series of games, interactive exhibits, and colorful murals that feature famous Geisel creations such as Horton, the Cat in the Hat, and the Lorax. An area called the Cat’s Corner allows children to create Seussian artwork and pen their own books. Other sections on the first floor focus on recreating the places that served as an inspiration to the author, including his childhood bedroom and his grandparents’ bakery and brewery.

The building’s second floor is filled with the author’s personal memorabilia. The curators have recreated Geisel’s studio and living room, complete with original furnishings from his La Jolla, California home. In addition to some of the author’s letters and drawings, visitors can also take a gander at his impressive collection of 117 bowties.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

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Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.