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“Who knew-what a surprise and unsung gem!”

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.
Middletown, Connecticut
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211 reviews
74 attraction reviews
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“Who knew-what a surprise and unsung gem!”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

We were totally surprised by the depth of knowledge by former gun factory workers who were NPS guides, and the volume and variety of firearms displayed at the Armory. The armory was commissioned by George Washington on a site above the falls of the CT river, where it was then considered safe from the British. There are arms from the revolution, civil war, indian wars, WWI and WWII-all displayed with interesting stories and by groupings. The armory itself is on the Springfield technical college campus (I should say the campus is at the Armory). There is a nice gift shop, and an interesting movie to see. There is no entrance fee, but donations are accepted. For anyone interested in guns outside of the museums in Ogden or Cody, you must go here!

Visited April 2014
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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“Excellent View into the Past”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Extensive collection of vintage weapons. The guides are very knowledgeable. I've never been there when it's been crowded.

Visited February 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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183 reviews
63 attraction reviews
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“Full of History”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

In the one hour that we spent here, we learned so much about the industrial revolution as well as guns. My third grader enjoyed the junior ranger program (free) where she recieved a badge. Our teens enjoyed seeing the hundreds of guns. Well worth an hour if you are in Springfield.

Visited April 2014
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Lewiston, New York
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173 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful Display Of Civil War Rifles, Muskets, And More Made In Springfield, MA”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this morning a wonderful orientation film, thanks to the efforts of Joanne and Melanie. Exhibits were about firearms that were used in the Civil War that were made in Springfield, such as the M-1 rifle. An industry section showed the importance of Springfield Armory towards the Industrial Revolution with displays of machinery that were used in that era.

Very nice bookstore and gift shop with some USA made items to commemorate ones' visit to the Springfield. No admission charge and well worth spending an hour or two there. Open seven days of the week; the only major attraction open on Monday in Springfield!

Visited March 2014
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Massachusetts
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“Springfield History”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Springfield Armory even today plays an important role in Springfield. Parts of the grounds now house Springfield Technical Community College, a business incubator section and the National Historic site. Driving through the grounds gives you an idea of how large and important the Armory was in its heyday. The movie and the displays as well as the knowledgeable park rangers do an excellent job of explaining the Armory and its influences.

Visited February 2014
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