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“History of Springfield”

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.
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“History of Springfield”
Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

We learned a lot at this Museum the history of Guns... They played a short video that gave you information about the history of Springfield... Very educational... A must see Museum

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308 reviews
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

The National Park Service is the best, and although this was small, it explained a function that was important in our early history. Half of the museum is devoted to a large collection of mostly historic military firearms, and the other half described the industrial innovations involved in the Armory's history.

Visited October 2013
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72 reviews
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“Great for the military and arms enthusiast”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Finding the entrance was a bit of a challenge as it's behind the technical collage but it's worth a visit. We had the video first which was very informative and set the scene well. The actual arms section is well populated with a broad spectrum of firearms.

The other end of the room is dedicated to the history and manufacture of the firearms. As production engineers ourselves (in the UK) we were more than a little disappointed that the manufacturing, especially the mass production and interchangeability, was not a stronger and more prominent part of the display as Springfield was the birth place of the whole process of mass production.

Visited September 2013
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18 reviews
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“I went in July, August and September 2013”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Next to the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum this was my favorite. Even if you have only a slight interest in American weapons, its a fascinating look at the evolution of military arms and how they were manufactured. If you're a fan of the early US-made weapons...don't miss this.

Visited August 2013
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Dartmouth, MA
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“Unique trip back in time”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

I was expecting a museum about firearms. I wasn't expecting a trip back in time through the Armory itself. Driving through the old Armory grounds, which now houses a college, just to get the museum itself was an adventure. The old buildings are great. And then you get to the museum which tells the story of when the United States government owned firearms and developed technology to improve on the firearms and manufactured them. After the fall of Harper's Ferry this was the only armory in the US and it remained in operation until 1968. That was astounding. It is a great museum. In addition, the staff is welcoming, full of information, and incredibly helpful as we found out when they helped us locate a tire store in downtown Springfield so we could deal with the flat tire one of our cars developed.

Visited September 2013
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