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“Quite Interesting”

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 44 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 14 July 2014

You don't have to be a gun enthusiast, which I'm not, to be impressed with the collection of weapons and the history of the armory. This and Harper's Ferry we designated by George Washington as the national armories. I loved watching the replicating machine invented by Thomas Blanchard in 1819. It created uniform gun stocks one after another. It was also interesting to see this historical weapons collections. The Rangers on staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and shared various tidbits about the armory. This was a spur of the moment decision to visit when passing through and we are glad that we did. My husband who is interested in gun history found it fascinating.

Thank Jennifer S
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Oh my word what a great place. It was recommended by a friend who lives close by and I was shocked at what a great place this was to visit. An excellent tour and the 2 folks on staff were just amazing. We talked with the lady behind the desk for a solid 30-45 minutes and had a great time. The displays are excellent and well described. The examples on display are fascinating (the civil war rifle struck by lightening and the charge it was loaded with was still in it) and excellent videos describing what you are looking at. HIGHLY recommend this place.

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

A very extensive collection of firearms. Sure to please the history buffs and rifle fans. Located in the former Springfield Armory site and birthplace of many significant rifles.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

If you are a history or gun enthusiast, you will enjoy a visit here. Famous guns from throughout our history were made here. The famous M1 Garand which helped win WWII for the Allies was developed and made at the Armory. They have an interesting film at the visitor's center that tells the story of the National Armory. The grounds of the historic site are now part of a college but it was also interesting to see the old buildings. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank Dana M
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Reviewed 29 April 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!

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