SPRINGFIELD, MA—Springﬁeld Museums presents Gingerbread: Under the Sea, November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022. The annual Gingerbread exhibit—with a new theme each year—is a beloved holiday tradition that helps launch the Museums’ celebration of Grinchmas, a month-long array of activities to help everyone celebrate the season of joy and giving. In its 12th year, the gingerbread exhibit’s opening is paired with the Lighting of the Quadrangle from 5-7 pm, November 26. In addition to free access to the Gingerbread exhibit, visitors will be treated with live music, hot chocolate provided by Dunkin, and beautiful outdoor lighting of the festively decorated Museums Quadrangle.
“Everything about this exhibit, Grinchmas, and the Lighting of the Quad is a celebration of imagination, fun, and beauty!” said Larissa Murray, Director of Education. “One of the most highly anticipated days for staff is when the gingerbread arrives. We love to see the pieces and witness their artistry.” For more than a decade the Museums have exhibited confections of great ingenuity, with each year improving on the last. There are projected to be a record-breaking 50 gingerbread creations this year.
Walking into this year’s Under the Sea gallery is like diving deep into the ocean. Inspired by our Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! exhibit, Gingerbread: Under the Sea designer Sarah Gogal wanted to offer a transformative environment. She has been experimenting with all sorts of materials to give the effect of a whole new underwater world. “I have definitely had fun and hope everyone will enjoy the results,” Gogal said. Many volunteers also helped transform the exhibit space in the Science Museum into its current “underwater” state.
In addition to viewing the exhibit, visitors will have a chance to vote for their favorite gingerbread creations, Murray said. Voting for the visitors’ choice awards will continue throughout the run of the exhibit. “In January, we will announce the winners in each division on the Springfield Museums’ social media channels and our blog: SpringfieldMuseums.org/blog/.” Murray said.
“This exhibit is all about looking, wondering, and being inspired,” said Murray. “We are eager to welcome everyone to share the experience.”
November 6, 2021–January 16, 2022
Wood Museum of Springfield History » First Floor
Dive into the incredible world of ocean exploration in this early childhood STEM-based exhibit, Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin!, based on the Jim Henson Company and Herschend Entertainment Studios PBS Kids TV series Splash and Bubbles.
Join Splash, Bubbles and the Reeftown Rangers to explore marine biology, ocean science, and different ocean ecosystems. Learn how even small actions can create a big ripple to help protect our One Big Ocean.
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THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native.