Dr. Seuss Museum Opens, With Some Controversy

by Dwayne Torres June 9, 2017, 4:15
Dr. Seuss Museum Opens, With Some Controversy

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

The Amazing World of Dr Seuss opened on Saturday features interactive exhibits, a collection of personal belongings and explains how the childhood experiences of the man, whose real name is Theodor Geisel, shaped his work. Leagrey Dimond, one of Seuss' stepchildren, told the Associated Press that the author "would absolutely be at ease here".

"Seuss is a permanent, bilingual museum created to introduce children and their families to the stories of Ted Geisel, promote joy in reading, and nurture specific literacy skills", reads the official description of the museum. She said that she believes the museum is flawless because it means that his work will be there permanently and will be protected and safe.

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Examples of Geisel's early advertising work and World War II-era propaganda and political illustrations that critics consider racist are conspicuously absent, but that's because the museum is aimed primarily at children, said Kay Simpson, president of the Springfield Museums complex. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss just shot to the top of our list. The garden is home to a bronze statue of Seuss, plus sculptures of some of his most beloved characters, including Horton (Horton Hears a Who), the Grinch, Yertle the Turtle, and the Cat in the Hat. Visitors will also be taken through the author's childhood bedroom and his grandparents' brewery and bakery. More frustratingly, a great deal of material on the second floor- notes, memorandum, and doodles from Theodor Geisel's person effects- were presented without any apparent order or context, lessening their impact. "There's a lot of imaginative play opportunities, and kids can touch anything and everything in that museum", she said. "I would never try to, and he would not want any of us to try to hide away anything he did".

"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.


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