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“Excellent View into the Past”

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.
Springfield, Massachusetts
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135 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent View into the Past”
Reviewed 15 April 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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“Full of History”
Reviewed 5 April 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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169 reviews
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“Wonderful Display Of Civil War Rifles, Muskets, And More Made In Springfield, MA”
Reviewed 3 March 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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302 reviews
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“Springfield History”
Reviewed 27 February 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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Saint George, Canada
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“Amazing Insight into Springfield's Impact to Military History”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

After passing through a couple levels of security (Not sure why; Is this a national park now?), I found my way to the armory. It was amazing to learn of Springfield's importance to help build and shape the US military. The museum is laid out in two parts: firearms and industry. The firearms section has a vast display of rifles and handguns; from muskets to modern assault rifles. What is on display is only a small sample of the "world's largest collection of historic firearms" as most are held in storage, away from the public, on the floors above the museum. The Industry section has a number of displays on the history of weapons manufacturing in Springfield as well as the tools and machines used to manufacture rifles. Of course, the "Organ of Muskets" is on display, which is an impressive sight and even more impressive the more you peer inside to only notice more Model 1861 rifles. The staff was very help and informative. My only points to make this spot better: there were many empty display cases which could be utilized by the "unseen" collection in the upper floors. Also, many of the displays lack information such as "year of manufacture" or "production numbers". A complete experience should take approx. 1 hour and is a must stop for any military or firearms buff.

Visited January 2014
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