Gov. Baker tours Springfield Science Museum after announcing $200,000 grant

Hampden County

Governor Charlie Baker announced millions of dollars in funding will be spent on building projects across the state Saturday.

Dr. Seuss Characters, the Cat and the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 welcomed Governor Charlie Baker with open arms to the Dr. Seuss Museum Saturday afternoon.

Baker took a tour of the Springfield Museums after he announced $9.3 million in new capital funding to support building projects in the nonprofit arts, humanities, and sciences in Massachusetts. 

One of the facilities benefiting from this funding is the Springfield Science Museum.

Grants from this fund range from $7,000-$200,000 which is the amount of money that will be spent to make improvements here at The Springfield Science Museum.

$200,000 will be spent to make interior renovations to the Museum.

Governor Baker also visited the site of MGM. He told 22News these developments will help drive tourism and benefit residents and visitors for years to come.

“These institutions that are receiving these grants are in many cases one of the most important ways we say hello and how are you to people all over the country and all over the world,” said Gov. Baker.

In an effort to increase tourism, the State Senate voted to approve a budget amendment in May sponsored by Senator Eric Lesser that allocates $100,000 to fund bilingual exhibits at Springfield’s Dr. Seuss Museum.

“We want those exhibits available in both English and Spanish so that our local school children here in the region but also so tourists and visitors from all over the world can access it as well,” said Sen. Lesser.

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