The Bing Arts Center is a community performance art center that has live performances, shows great firms, displays artwork in three galleries, and even hosts arts classes. Originally built as a Kossaboom’s Service Station the building what redone and became a movie theater in 1950 but was shut down in 1999. Afterwards, the building was remodeled and reopened, creating a cultural hub in Forest Park.
From moving dramas to laugh-out-loud comedies to stunning musicals, the Majestic Theater hosts a wide range of fantastic live productions. As the actors completely embody their roles you'll be stunned to learn that the theater only uses local talent. This intimate venue also has charming decor since it's a renovated movie theater. Before the show, stop by the Majestic Cafe for a glass of wine or a snack.
Take a walk by the lake, have a picnic, or ride on the vintage 1914 carousel that is housed in one of America's first municipal parks. Since the mid-1850s, Bushnell Park has offered citizens a comfortable place to unwind away from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Hartford. On the registry of National Historic Landmarks since 1970, the famous Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch dedicated to those in the Civil War is one of the major highlights as well as the Horace Wells Monument and the Corning Fountain.
The Pan African Historical Museum USA, also called PAHMUSA, is an interesting museum that explores the history of African and African American cultures. Stroll through the exhibits and view beautiful modern and historical artwork and interesting artifacts. On Saturdays you can schedule an appointment to go on the African American Heritage Trail Tour. This informative walking tour starts at the museum and takes you around the city to learn about Springfield's role in the Underground Railroad.
The Mead Art Museum, located on the campus of Amherst College, houses a large collection of art from all over the world. From Rubens to Monet, the Mead Art Museum features major works by major artists, as well as such works as West African sculptures and Japanese prints. The Mead is open for the public to visit and admission is always free.
Located in Merrick Park, the Puritan Statue is a famous bronze statue of Deacon Samuel Chapin who was one of the founding fathers of the city. The statue shows a distinguished man in Puritan clothing, including a cape and a walking stick. The sculpture was created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the 1880s. The statue quickly became popular and the artist reproduced smaller versions of his work which are displayed in museums, art galleries, and other collections. Today, the Puritan Statue remains an important landmark in Springfield.
A "recent" development in the old city of Springfield, Mattoon Street was developed in the 1870s as a two-sided street of Victorian single-family rowhouses. After about 100 years of disrepair and numerous vacancies, local residents took the initiative to restore this street by planting trees and adding brick sidewalks and vintage streetlights. The homes are today single-family units and the neighborhood is host to the Mattoon Street Arts Festival
Gateway to the serene green Berkshires and Western Massachusetts, Springfield is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags New England and is the birthplace of Dr. Seuss.