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“If you love old guns, this is your place.”

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 41 things to do in Springfield
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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.
Boston,MA
Level 6 Contributor
222 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“If you love old guns, this is your place.”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Cool place. Old guns and artillery type stuff. There's also some cool history in this building. Also a hop skip and jump from smith and wesson original plant.

Visited February 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“GREAT visit!”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Fascinating history and their collection of guns is incredible. Learned a lot of history about Springfield and spent a good chunk of time in here exploring! (Plus, it's free!)

Visited May 2013
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Mirabel, Qc
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“Really worth a visit ! Great history. Hidden gem of the Park Services.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Even if you are not into firearms... the Springfield Armory is a historical site worth visiting.
It is very hard to find because the address doesn't work with GPS and the area is lacking good and clear signs. The NPS knows the problem and is working on a new signs strategy to make it easier for tourists to find it.
The entrance is on Federal street between State st. and Pearl st. Is is now part of the Springfield Technical Community College. You have to enter the College's grounds and drive to the far rear of the buildings to find the building where the Armory museum is.
It is free to visit, well documented, very educational and extremely interesting.
I suggest starting by viewing the movie about the Armory, it will enlight your visit of the museum.
Plan 1 hour - 1 hour 1/2 to watch the movie and visit the museum, more if you really are into firearms and read and look at every gun and rifle exposed in the museum.
The museum talks about he history of the Sprinfield Armory, the evolution of the making and the the evolution of the firearms in general and also links everything together very well.
I am sure you will love this visit.
The outside grounds are limited, you can walk around the building and also see the Armory superintendant house (outside only).
There are picnic tables besides the museum building.
There is also a nice gift shop in the museum.

Visited March 2013
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New York City
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“Historic site”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

this is indeed a historic site, going back to the time of the American Revolution. During World War II, it was actually an Armory, manufacturing munitions. Nowadays, it is a technical college. The grounds are spacious. Across the street are the offices of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the standard American English-language dictionary. The building is not open to the public, however.

Visited May 2012
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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“Impressive”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

It's impressive to see what has been done with a complex of old brick buildings that served as an armory in days gone by. The area is enclosed by a high wrought iron fence. As one enters through huge gates, you must turn to the left, then turn right to head toward the back, then turn right again. The museum building will be on the left side and up a flight of stairs. (All the other buildings now comprise a community college.) Once inside, a visitor will be overwhelmed by the large display of guns and weaponry. The design and presentation is very well done. If you are a history or gun buff, plan to spend some time here. Take in the ambiance of the old building. The small gift shop offers armory related items as well as National Park items. We usually pick up our annual passport pages there, for example.

Visited March 2013
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