The Higgins Armory Museum is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, about an hour’s drive from Boston. The museum hosts one of the world’s largest collections of historical arms and armour, with over 500o pieces dating from the Middle Ages, as well as items from ancient civilizations and other parts of the world. Medievalists.net visited the museum in November where we spoke with Morgan Kuberry, the program coordinator, and filmed some of the interesting items on display there.
The Museum was founded by John Woodman Higgins in 1927, who first started the collection. It has now grown to 3,000 armors and components, 1,000 weapons and accessories, 500 swords and daggers; 100 firearms; a tapestry, stained glass, paintings, and wood carvings. The four-story art deco Museum was one of the first all steel and glass curtain-wall structures built in America, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. On John Higgins’ death in 1961, the building, collections and an endowment were given to the public.
The Museum hosts a number of educational events throughout the year, and is used by US-based researchers to study the development of arms and armor. For more information about the museum, please go to www.higgins.org