Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).
Before I describe the doors in today’s gallery, I want to ask a favor of the people who participate in Thursday Doors. It’s a simple request, and it’s for your own benefit. Please link your Thursday Doors post to my Thursday Doors post for the given week. Please use whatever method works best for you.
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The doors on display in today’s gallery include buildings on the Quad in Springfield. These are mainly museum buildings. There are five museums on the Quad. The information below is from the museum’s website:
The Springfield Science Museum – Founded in 1859 in City Hall, the museum officially opened in 1899 in a classical revival building. The museum was expanded in 1932 and again in 1970 with the Tolman addition that included a public observatory. In 2004, the Welcome Center was added to the Science Museum to serve as the main entrance to the entire campus. The Science Museum houses permanent collections of Natural Science, Anthropology and Physical Science. The Science Museum’s Seymour Planetarium consists of the historic Korkosz Starball, now the oldest operating star-projector in the United States.
The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum – This art museum holds the eclectic collections of George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923) and his wife, Belle Townsley Smith (1845-1928) in an Italian palazzo-style building established in 1896. The vast holdings include excellent examples of Japanese lacquer, arms and armor, ceramics and bronzes; one of the largest collections of Chinese cloisonné outside of Asia.
The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts – Established in 1933 and housed in an Art Deco style building, includes a comprehensive collection of American and European paintings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture as well as a large collection of Japanese prints and representative examples of drawing, furniture, metalwork, textiles, glass and ceramics. The Museum houses a comprehensive collection of European Art (French, Dutch, and Italian) and the Currier & Ives (active 1834-1907) collection, one of the largest holdings of lithographs in the nation.
The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History – Known for its local history research facilities, its comprehensive program of changing exhibitions, its diverse educational offerings, and it’s wide ranging collections illuminating the history of the Connecticut River Valley.
The Indian Motocycle Collection is the largest collection of Indian cycles and memorabilia in the world. The Firearms Collection includes more than 1,600 firearms, with the largest collection of Smith & Wesson guns in the world. The Automobile Collection includes an 1899 Knox, a 1901 Crestmobile, a 1925 Rolls-Royce roadster, and a 1928 Rolls-Royce roadster.
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum – The newest museum on the Quadrangle, is devoted to Springfield native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss!
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