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“Needs upgrades to attract non-enthusiasts” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 40 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.
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“Needs upgrades to attract non-enthusiasts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2007

The armory has a tremendous collection of military rifles and sidearms that will easily attract military or firearm enthusiasts. The National Park Service appears to have let the place get rundown to some extent, though. There are informational video kiosks, but they are old and don't meet expectations of today. If the NPS would put some money into the place, they could make it more interesting to the general public. Enthusiasts will be familiar with what they are looking at, but there isn't much to draw in the general public to get interested. That said, it is a free attraction and very close to other attractions in springfield (such as the Springfield museums and Dr. Seuss mem.) so it is worth a 45 minute look even for the non-enthusiast. Enthusiasts will be able to spend hours. There is a gift shop with toys and trinkets that are actually very unique and quite reasonably priced. Books are also sold that are geared toward enthusiasts and carry a higher price tag.

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“What a fantastic, fascinating historic place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2007

My husband and I just returned from visiting the armory. While initially we were a bit disappointed, we had hoped to see a replication of a production floor, the info provided via video and displays made up for it.

Had no idea how critical this armory has been in the US history. It also was a good example what can happen when the government encourages and welcomes the input of outside inventors. Also discovered the postivie impact of theindustrial revolution in arms production. Finally was fascinated by the impact of the war upon woman and how "rosie the riveror" became a major assett.

For kids it might get boring after 30 min or so. The rangers have set up a junior ranger area, puzzles and things for kids to do.

For those, like myself, who finished view all that was to be seen withing 2 hours, there were comfortable chairs set up in the book sales area. No one said a word to me as I read while my husband continued wandering around for another 2 hours.

Once we were done, we then went to smith and wesson to try out some modern weapons. T

The armory earned a major place in our history. Of course one does wonder if the considering the economic impact upon the city, resulting in lots of people needing government assitance if in the long run closing the armory really saved the tax payers any money.

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