As young kids learning your ABCs and 123s, you spent countless hours devouring children’s books to learn more and to kill some time, especially that you don’t yet have the luxury of tech gadgets that kids these days now have. You had to be creative in fighting boredom and you often do so by actively playing outside or reading lots and lots of books. Some people even, believe it or not, check out fun and interesting museums.
Perhaps among your favorite stories are the ones told by Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. He is the renowned children’s writer and cartoonist known for his works like The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He has forever changed children’s literature and many of us would reminisce about the good old days with some of his stories in mind. After all, he is known as the father of children’s books and this upcoming opening of a Dr. Seuss Museum in his hometown in Massachusetts should be in your travel list if you are an avid fan of his work.
A whimsical world is coming to Springfield, Massachusetts, when the world’s first permanent Dr. Seuss museum opens on June 3.
As part of Springfield Museums, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss will be dedicated to the life and work of beloved children’s author and Springfield native, Theodore Geisel.
Visitors can learn about Geisel’s life from exhibits like a replica of his former home and the playful designs he used to draw on his walls.
“Geisel was all about the fact that reading should be fun, and although everything here is underlain with the idea of learning, it’s really about being able to learn and have fun at the same time,” Karen Fisk, Springfield Museums’ director of public relations and marketing, told Travel + Leisure.
Many of his books have been written decades ago but remain to be relevant and important to our changing times. The enduring value of his stories will remain in the hearts and minds of his young readers regardless of how much time has passed. The easy readability of his books appealed to people of all ages and this museum will now be a reminder of how much impact his stories have on you while growing up.
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum features artworks that have never been seen in public, along with interactive exhibits, and aims to explain how the author’s childhood experiences inspired his work, Associated Press reports.
The first floor of the museum has games and climbable statues featuring the creatures created by Geisel, such as Horton, the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and Sam I Am. Visitors will also be taken through the author’s childhood bedroom and his grandparents’ brewery and bakery. The more intimate second floor displays the author’s belongings from his California home and studio, where he lived until his death in 1991.
“He would absolutely be at ease here,” Leagrey Dimond, Geisel’s stepdaughter, told AP. “And to know that he’s going to be here permanently, safe, protected, that people who want to know more are going to make this trip here to see him, it’s perfect.”
Having this museum is a great way to relive the magic of his work and transport you to a moment in time when nothing else in the world mattered but those goofy images from his books, stories full of moral values, and the cute rhyming that makes learning fun. While the meaning of the words and the values taught in each line is lost to young kids who loved reading it because of the simple storyline and the quirky illustrations, you’ll come to realize the essence of his words as you grow up and have a bigger understanding of life. If you love Dr. Seuss and his stories have a profound meaning in your life, treat yourself to a visit to this museum and rekindle that love for written words as you take a trip down memory lane.