Dr. Seuss Museum sees 3000 visitors for grand opening

Posted June 09, 2017

Striped hats, rhymes and quips filling the halls of the brand new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

The entrance to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, now open in the children's book author's hometown of Springfield. Leagrey Dimond, one of Seuss' stepchildren, told the Associated Press that the author "would absolutely be at ease here". 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.

Although the Dr Seuss museum will feature some unseen works from the author, there are also some things that will be absent from display. Geisel's World War II propaganda and political illustrations, many of which stereotyped the Japanese, have been criticized for racist elements.

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.

Visitors are taken through Geisel's boyhood bedroom, his grandparents' bakery and brewery and different rooms painted in brilliant blues and radiant reds, and decorated in nearly fanatical detail with scenes from the books. 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.

Richard Minear, a professor emeritus of Japanese history at the University of MA, who wrote "Dr. Seuss Goes to War" about his political illustrations, says Geisel certainly had a blind spot on race, but it's not fair to judge his entire career on that work.

"When each person came they'd say, 'Where's the Dr. Seuss Museum?' and we weren't able to say there was a Dr. Seuss Museum".