The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums; the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts., the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History. The Museums Association is proud to be home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a series of full–scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss's whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.
The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts was erected in response to a bequest from Mr. & Mrs. James Philip Gray, who left their entire estate for the “selection, purchase, preservation, and exhibition of the most valuable, meritorious, artistic, and high class oil paintings obtainable”.
The Connecticut Valley Historical Society was originally a separate organization which held its meetings and kept its collections of “natural, civil, military, literary, ecclesiastical and genealogical materials” in the City Library building.
The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is one of the two Springfield Museums dedicated to fine and decorative arts. It represents the personal taste and Victorian aesthetic of the collector whose name it bears.
The Museum was established as the Springfield Ethnological and Natural History Museum, “a collection of specimens of natural history and a repository of arts and curiosities, a Museum in fact, of curious or instructive objects… ”
The creation of a new Museum of Springfield History has been a long-term goal of the Springfield Museums. In 2005, just two months before his death at the age of 102, M. Allen Swift of West Hartford, Ct., donated $1 million for the purchase of the former Verizon office building adjacent to the Springfield Museums campus to create the new museum…