Dr. Seuss was, and still is, a staple in every kid’s (and adult’s, let’s be honest) life. And now fans are able to see a little more into this wonderful world in a brand new Dr. Seuss museum dedicated to the life and works of the Dr. himself, called The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss.
The new museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts opened its doors to the public on Saturday – and it truly is a sight to behold. The museum is dedicated to illustrator and writer, Theodor Geisel, who gave us the likes of Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax and How The Grinch Stole Christmas under the pen name of Dr. Seuss.
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss pays homage to the incredible (and wacky) rhyming stories of the writer, in a fashion that Geisel would be proud of. With interactive exhibits, never-before-seen artwork and manuscripts, life-sized replicas of his kooky characters and all kinds of colors, stripes and shapes, the museum wouldn’t look out of place in one of Dr. Seuss’s books.
This museum is about visitors encountering the creatures that sprang out from Ted Geisel’s imagination – Horton, the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, Sam I Am – that got kids excited about reading, which was really his preoccupation later on in his career.
The new exhibition is set across two floors that explore the influences of the prolific writer and illustrator and show how his hometown shaped the creation of his work. The first floor takes visitors through Geisel’s childhood home, his bedroom, his grandparent’s bakery, and a brewery and also features games, interactive statues, and figures from his most famous works.
The second-floor changes tack slightly and gives visitors an insight into the personal and intimate life of Geisel as an adult. The floor is full to the brim with Geisel’s belongings, furnishings and knick-knacks from his California studio, where he lived up until his sad death in 1991. The Dr. Seuss museum also boasts Geisel’s collection of bow ties – all 117 of them!
The grand opening thoroughly impressed the residents of Springfield, fans of Dr. Seuss and his family. His stepdaughter, Leagrey Diamond has said,
He would absolutely be at ease here. 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.