Dr. Seuss’s imaginative world to open as museum

Maura Tyrrell
Arts & Life Correspondent

COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS  THEODOR SEUSS Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, sketches the famous Grinch before his death in 1991. In addition to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will open next year in his memory.

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THEODOR SEUSS Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, sketches the famous Grinch before his death in 1991. In addition to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will open next year in his memory.

Everyone’s favorite books from childhood are going to come to life in June 2016. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is opening up in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of the beloved author.

Dr. Seuss’s stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, told The Artery that it is “the right place. That’s where all his ideas come from.”

The $3 million project will open its doors in just over a year; however, only the first floor will be complete and open for fans. This floor will include interactive replicas of the places that inspired the famous children’s books.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the settings of the books and bring their imaginations to life. These scaled-down models will be of Dr. Seuss’s childhood home, the Seuss bakery, the Kalmach and Geisel Brewery, the zoo, the park with dogwood trees that inspired the story of “The Lorax” and the famous Mulberry Street in Springfield, which is only two blocks away from the new museum. Not only will fans be able to experience the books coming to life, but they will be able to discover the inspiration behind them, especially since the location of the museum is in the town that influenced every book.

The second floor of the museum, which is not set to open until 2017, will display Dr. Seuss’s artwork and antiques. There will also be a room recreated to look like his La Jolla studio. The studio will include his personal furniture as well as a recreation of his unique and crazy hat collection. All of the Dr. Seuss artifacts will be donated by his stepdaughters.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, which opened several years prior to the museum in 2002, is already incredibly popular and the museum will attract even more visitors. The memorial is filled with bronze statues of favored characters from all of the Dr. Seuss books.

This memorial will give visitors a warm greeting to the new museum. With the opening of a museum entirely dedicated to this admired author, 2016 will be an exciting year for Dr. Seuss fans.

 

March 27, 2015.

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