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George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

220 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-263-6800
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Ranked #10 of 19 Attractions in Springfield
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: This Victorian-style museum features decorative arts and paintings that were collected by G.W.V...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This Victorian-style museum features decorative arts and paintings that were collected by G.W.V. Smith and his wife, Belle, during the late 1800s, including the largest Chinese cloisonné collection in the western world.

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Wilbraham
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I visited this Museum in the summer to get out of the heat and see something new. I wasn't expecting much but the lighting and feel of the second floor Chinese exhibits were meditative AND my wife couldn't shake the feel that one of the larger male warrior statues was watching her. I loved it! I'd go back for the... More 

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Springfield
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Science Museum is great for children. Small hands on area. The museum has events, would have to go on web site to find out when. The rest of the museum is best for older children or adults. Good parking. There is a fee for individuals living outside of Springfield, MA.

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

A day well spent and very educational for the children... We all had a wonderful time and we learned different things from each Museum... I would recommend families to visit these Museums...

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Wichita, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I love Asian art and this place was a treasure. So thankful I had a digital camera and my cell phone. Took so many photos of cloisonne that I had never seen. Truly enjoyable.

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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273 reviews 273 reviews
19 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

GWVS has had and continues to have some wonderful art for a small city museum. Certainly worth the time and effort to see. I suggest, even if you don't have an eye for art, you take the time to go the the GWVS Art Museum.

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Groton, Connecticut
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Admission to this museum was included in the price for the area museums. Very interesting Chinese collection and I loved the roman plaster pieces.

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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I especially enjoy looking at all the old Asian artifacts.. I remember the large plaster casts of the Roman Statues as a child, and love going to the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum to see them again now that they are on display again.. This museum offers new surprises every time we visit..

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Springfield
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70 reviews 70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

This place is loaded with history and is next to a Dr. Seuss Museum. If you haven't been here then you will not know what beauties and history that Springfield has hidden next to it's public library. This place is a must see. As a kid and an adult i go back to this place many times to dream and... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Collection of superb 19th Century American paintings included with a collection of Asian art in a turn of the century museum

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Medford, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It's a manageable size, with an unusual collection of samurai weaponry and armor; Japanese netsuke, Chinese cloissonne, and plaster casts of Venus de Milo, the Discus Thrower, and other renowned sculptures. My friend, a retired professor of Japanese religion/anthropology, said the collection was very good. There are stunning Tiffany windows, an Egyptian coffin, remarkable carved woodwork... More 

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