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“Extensive and engaging collection”
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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.
Central NY State
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38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Extensive and engaging collection”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We had a group of three adults, two teen boys, and two tween girls. I think everyone was able to find something interesting. The armor and weapons collection were pretty extensive - from Bronze age to 19th century. You won't find any WWII rifles or other 20th century artillery, armor, or weapons, but you will see some incredible examples of gladiator helmets, Japanese Samurai katanas, early Viking weapons, Medieval armor and jousting sets, and even Civil War swords. There is also some relevant artwork included - such as stained glass panels and sculptures of saints. But perhaps the most impressive piece of art is the building itself, which will sadly cease to house the collection at the end of 2013. The collection will be moved to a nearby location, but you won't be able to see it housed in its beautiful and tailor-made location any more. If you can get there before then, I suggest you make the trip.

Visited August 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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103 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“For the Young One in All of US”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

I visited this museum as a child and it was great. As a an adult I could appreciate this unique and FUN location. The museum will close at the end of the year, so take advantage seeing the AMAZING location. The collection will move to the Worcester Art Museum but the location will be lost forever. Take advantage now. If you go after 3, tickets are half price.

Visited August 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“More amazing than I could have thought!”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Although I've been to Worcester several times, this past July was the first time I'd visited the Higgins Armory Museum. It never sounded all that interesting to me before, but I wanted to go with my husband, who'd been there a number of times. Well. I had the best time! Higgins Armory is a private collection of armor and weaponry from all over the world - especially Europe and surrounding regions. The pieces gathered here are from throughout the centuries, and have been meticulously maintained. There are even fencing lessons that can be watched while touring the museum, along with a great 20-minute orientation demonstration given twice a day. I could have spent at least another hour beyond the two that we were there. There is a lot to take in and learn.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Higgins Armory Museum IS NOT going away at the end of this year. The building itself will be closing, but we were told by the staff that the entire collection will be moving to the Worcester Art Museum. We learned that an entire library is being renovated at the art museum to house the Higgins collection of armory and weaponry. Also, we were told that while in the current location only about 1,500 pieces of the collection can be seen at any one time, at the new Worcester Art Museum location, all 4,000 or so pieces will be visible at any time. While it will be sad to see the old museum location close, the good news is that the entire collection will be on view after the move. In 2014, while the library renovation is being finished, there will be a temporary exhibition available. So, do not despair! By 2015, you will be able to see everything.

Article about the Higgins Armory closing and move, The Boston Globe, March 8, 2013:

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Inspiring and Amazing Collection; Visit while you can!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

The Higgins Armory Museum has a truly stunning and inspiring collection of armor from around the world. There is a great representation not only from Europe, but from Africa and Asia as well. The structure of the Museum is awe inspiring. The main armory levels create a scene straight out of medieval castles from Europe.

The museum hosts a lot of activities from children, and adults alike, and does a fantastic job of bringing life to this incredible collection outside of the museum cases. There are some great hands on exhibits for the kids (and adults who want to relive their childhood) that cannot be missed.

The most depressing thing about this museum is that it is closing down at the end of 2013. The collection will be moved to the Worcester Art Museum but it has yet to be determined what will happen with the amazingly unique steel building that currently houses the collection. And let's face it.. Higgins and the collection will never be the same again.

Visit while you can. Visit for the first time or simply for nostalgia's sake.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Gem in Worcester”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

A wonderful adventure into the past for young and old. Sadly they are closing due to funding at the end of 2013. Visit while you can.

Visited July 2013
Thank cmargie
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