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Best Hidden Gems in Springfield

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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.

Chesterwood, located in Stockbridge, is the former summer home of the famed sculptor Daniel Chester French. Best known for his sculpture featured at Washington's Lincoln Memorial, Chester French also carved a bust of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and created works for the Russell Alger Memorial, the Manhattan Bridge, and the Boston Public Library. He died at Chesterwood October 7, 1931, and the house has since been turned into a museum and historical site. Chesterwood is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is open to visitors from May to October. .

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.

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