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“Higgins Armory Museum”
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Higgins Armory Museum
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Owner description: The Higgins Armory Museum is the most extensive arms and armor collection in the Western Hemisphere. Constructed in 1930 by John Woodman Higgins to house his elaborate and eclectic collection of arms and armor, Higgins Armory Museum displays arms and armor ranging from ancient Greek Corinthian helmets to ornate suits of armor crafted at the height of the Renaissance. The artifacts are arranged gallantly in a spectacular two-story Medieval Great Hall arranged with more than 35 suits of armor and a stunning array of arms amidst tapestries, stained glass, and soaring ceilings. Demonstrations and programs bring to life arms and armor from around the world and across centuries.
Worcester, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Higgins Armory Museum”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

There is nothing like this anywhere else in the country. It started as a hobby for John Woodman Higgins, an industrialist in Worcester, MA, and he built the steel and glass museum to house his armor collection when it outgrew its home in his basement. Demonstrations in the Great Hall are scheduled all day and hand-on exhibits and classes are available as scheduled. The interior is a medieval castle, which is concealed by the industrial facade of the building.

Visited April 2012
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English first
Worcester, MA
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Knights in Shining Armor”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Very rare collection of authentic armors and related gear worn by the gladiators and military! The kids will love the display of body armor while on horseback in the heat of battle.

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Whitinsville, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Kid-friendly and interesting for adults”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

This museum has done a great job of updating its exhibits. The information is clear, the exhibits are interesting and the Quest Gallery is fun for all ages. Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages!

Visited July 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
“Kids”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Our two grand children loved it. They are twin boys, 5 years old at the time and they had a fabulous afternoon trying on armor, testing swords, building castles and running everywhere. It's a great place to take them and there is even some interesting stuff for parents and grand parents.

Visited November 2011
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Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Chivalry Is Not Dead”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Higgins Armory Museum offers an unimaginable collection of historical armor, swords, lances etc.. When you walk into the "great room" , you feel as if you have been transported back in time. They even have a display of jousting knights on horses. For educators and parents it follows the history of armor and allows for discussions on world history events. They have an interactive kids section where they can play dress up, joust and other activities. Our favorite is their annual Star Wars Day event where characters give light saber demonstrations. It is a reasonable fee to get into the museum and parking is free. As far as I could see, there wasn't a restaurant or cafe.

Visited April 2012
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