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.
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.
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..
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
Collection of superb 19th Century American paintings included with a collection of Asian art in a turn of the century museum
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
As an undergraduate art history major at Northwestern, we had a semester where we learned about cabinets of curiosity, which rich, (occasionally eccentric) people would keep to entertain guests. (No TV or video games back in the 16th-19th centuries, for better or worse.) Arguably, Springfield's greatest collector was George Walter Vincent Smith, who collected not merely a "cabinet" of curiosities,... More
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