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“It's free, interesting, best for real gun lovers”

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 41 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.
Clovis, United States
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“It's free, interesting, best for real gun lovers”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

I'm not a gun lover, I don't shoot and I do not permit guns in my home. That said, my son & husband hunt and shoot. Guns and the history behind them are interesting for them, so I tagged along. The history part of this place is CRAZY! That's the part I enjoyed and to try to wrap your head around the part that the armory played in helping to industrialize not only arms manufacturing but manufacturing in general is pretty amazing. The armory is run by the National Park Service, so if you're looking for slick, interactive and modern - you will be disappointed. This is the museum of your childhood, but remember - it is free! I say go, check it out and learn something. It's worth an hour or so of your time.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Patty R
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Olathe, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Quite Interesting”
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.

Visited June 2014
Thank Jennifer S
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.

Visited June 2014
Thank Robert M
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Springfield, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“What a collection”
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.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Fran H
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Santa Barbara, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting stop”
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.

Visited April 2014
Thank Dana M
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