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“A Museum that will make you think”

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 44 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This Armory, which manufactured and tested firearms for the U.S. military from 1794 to 1968, houses the country's largest collection of small weapons. While the first floor is free, there's a fee for the second floor, which displays rare weapons and the largest collection of Confederate weapons anywhere.
Reviewed August 2, 2012

The Armory played a key role in American History until it closed in the late 1960's. You'll see that role unfold through the arms on display at this FREE museum. Pretty easy to find and lots of parking (close-in to the entry door too). The evolution of weaponry will fascinate anyone that respects the ingenuity and creativity of the human mind...and especially the desire to make a product better.

The displays are well-documented and the videos are good. Spend some time looking at the type of guns that existed when the Second Amendment was adopted by our Founding Fathers. We visited the Armory about a week after the Aurora Colorado killings. Seeing the weapons of the late 1700's brings you back to the world that existed when that amendment gave citizens the right to bear arms. Really makes you think about where that right stands today.

Thank JJH1764
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

A good two-hour stop, we found Springfield Armory to be quite informative. We started by watching a 15-minute video, which we found, in a word, good. The main attraction seemed to be the "Organ of Muskets," a large array of muskets in the shape of an organ. The outdoor walking tour was nice, as was the Blanchard gun-carving machine.

Thank TheBigMuffin
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

It was closed when we got there so we could onlly go around the grounds but that was facinating enough. The buildings are beautiful, shame some of them are looking in need of some love and attention

Thank LA-JH1
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Liked the guns from other countries along with the history of each.

Thank luv2bgone_2
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Great for anyone with an interest in history, better for Kids and homeschooling! Great few hours of learning and interest!

Thank Jamison Q
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