Oh, the places you'll go! A Dr. Seuss museum opens in MA

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. Walking into the museum that opened to the public Saturday in the author and illustrator's hometown of Springfield, Mass., is like walking into one of his beloved children's books.

"He would absolutely be at ease here", Leagrey Dimond, Geisel's stepdaughter, told the Associated Press.

Oh, the places you'll go! A Dr. Seuss museum opens in MA
Oh, the places you'll go! A Dr. Seuss museum opens in MA

Even so, Richard Minear, an expert on Geisel's wartime work and the author of Dr. Seuss Goes to War told AP that Geisel's later work, including Horton Hears a Who! "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 flawless". 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. (Steven Senne/AP) A mural of Theodor Seuss Geisel, or rather Dr. Seuss, rests on a wall near an entrance at The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. "There's a lot of imaginative play opportunities, and kids can touch anything and everything in that museum", she said. The second level contains memorabilia belonging to Geisel, including his collection of zany hats and bowties, original oil paintings, the original "Geisel Grove" sign that used to hang in Forest Park (where he'd once picnicked with his family), and furniture from his sitting room and studio - including his breakfast table, sofa, armchair, and of course, drawing board. "I would never try to, and he would not want any of us to try to hide away anything he did. The more personal side that doesn't often get seen by the general public", said the grand nephew of Dr. Seuss, Theodor Owens.

  • Jacqueline Ellis