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Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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Address: 1 Armory Sq, Springfield, MA 01105-1700
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+1 413-734-8551
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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This Armory, which manufactured and tested firearms for the U.S. military...

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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Lots Of History

Very interesting afternoon day trip. The display of guns & descriptions made this a enjoyable afternoon.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
CrossRolf
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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting afternoon day trip. The display of guns & descriptions made this a enjoyable afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must if you want to see an important piece of American history - arguably the most important armories (gun maker) in the country. It's free anyway, and the rangers are very helpful and kind. It won't take up a ton of time, either, so a trip is an easy stop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This armory is set in a beautiful location amongst many old buildings. The armory itself has an incredible collection of firearms and various videos etc. highlighting the history of guns. There's not a whole lot else here, though, so make sure this is a subject that interests you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is one of those hidden treasures that few people know about. If you enjoy history and fi you enjoy following the history of weaponry, then this would be an enrichment experience for the whole family!

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I had been to Springfield, MA once before, to visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, so the Armory was also on my list of local sites to check out. This is much less like a historical park and more like a living museum of sorts. It is housed in one building of the original Armory, the building that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Small site, but interesting displays and very good videos explaining everything. The staff is absolutely kid friendly, there is a kids corner, free junior ranger program with a badge pack. Some of the videos shows war scenes, so better check it first, if you have very young/sensitive kids. My 6 year old son loved the place, it was his highlight... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Firearms were needed for the American Revolution. Not firearms from Europe. Springfield was chosen as a manufacturing city or armory because it was the crossroads between Boston and Albany where no ocean going vessel could reach. The museum houses the world's largest historic American military firearm collection. See video and display of the early manufacturer of rifles. Firearms made at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This museum provides a good historical insight regarding the rifles made in the USA and how they were used in each of the major wars. Good short video and friendly, helpful NPS staff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The biggest gun maker in America, the government! This armory made guns for the military until 1968 when the Government decided it better leave this to private contractors. A lot of history here, historical artifacts, enthusiastic rangers. Start with the 18 min orientation movie (it's also sold in the gift shop, in case you're in a hurry and want to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful museum with friendly staff! The museum has two sides; one focuses on the manufacturing history of the Armory and the other a extensive array of historical weapons. Even if you're not into weapons, the manufacturing history is amazing. A movie describes the history of the Armory from the 1700's to 1968 which is good. There is also a nice... More 

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