Oh the Places You'll Go! Dr Seuss museum opens doors

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

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

The museum's goal is also to help promote childhood literacy, which was one of Geisel's passions.

"What we hear about his personality through other people telling us is, you know he was witty, a very proper man, pretty shy, and to see these personal notes really augments who he was as a human and shows that he truly was a very amusing man", said Karen Fisk, director of public relations and marketing for the Springfield Museums. (Steven Senne/AP) Children play near a bronze statue of a Dr. Seuss character at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, outside the museum in Springfield.

This new Dr Seuss museum will allow the public to see his childhood bedroom and even the bakery and brewery that his grandparents owned.

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The museum's second floor has a more intimate feeling with the actual furnishings and assorted knick-knacks from Geisel's studio from the La Jolla, California, home where he lived until his death in 1991 at age 87.

At present, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss on its own would not be worth the $25 price of admission an adult ticket demands.

"He matured and he developed a whole lot from those early years", Minear said, noting that "Horton Hears a Who!" was an allegory about post-war Japan and the nation's relationship with the U.S.

"He would be quite impressed with what they've put in the show, and to see kind of another side of his life", says Geisel's grand nephew Theodor Owens.

  • Michelle Webb