In Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of Theodor Giesel, better known as Dr Seuss, a museum has been opened to honor the children’s author and his work. This new museum officially opened on June 3 and not only does it feature art work from the illustrator and author, but it also gives some glimpses into his life beyond his work.
According to TIME Magazine, the Amazing World of Dr Seuss museum will show off not only the art work that fans have become familiar with, but will also exhibit works that have never been seen by the public before now. On top of the art work, there are interactive exhibits such as games and even statues that can be climbed. Among the statues that visitors will get to interact with and climb are Sam I Am, the Lorax, Horton of Horton Hears a Who and of course, the Cat in the Hat. Besides the interactive exhibits, the public will also learn how the author’s own childhood helped to shape and inspire his work, even as they get a chance to see both some of his early life, as well as his later years.
This new Dr Seuss museum will allow the public to see his childhood bedroom and even the bakery and brewery that his grandparents owned. The second floor of the museum also features a more intimate setting as visitors will get to see belongings from the author’s studio and home in California.
Theodor Giesel’s stepdaughter, Leagrey Dimond, said that she feels that he would definitely feel at ease in the museum dedicated to his work and life as Dr Seuss. She said that she believes the museum is perfect because it means that his work will be there permanently and will be protected and safe. At the same time, now there is a place for fans of his work to travel to in order to learn more about who he was and how he worked.
Although the Dr Seuss museum will feature some unseen works from the author, there are also some things that will be absent from display. The museum has said that they will not be exhibiting the author’s political illustrations and propaganda from World War II, much of which was considered to feature racist elements and stereotyped the Japanese. According to the museum, the decision to keep these things off display stems from the desire to make the place child friendly and with the focus being on the children, there was simply no need for those items to be included.
By Dorothea James
Photo Courtesy Springfield Museums