Higgins Armory Museum

Address: 100 Barber Avenue
Worcester, MA 01606
Phone: 603-641-8608
Fax: 508-852-7697
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History:

John Woodman Higgins was a prominent industrialist in Worcester, Massachusetts who owned the Worcester Pressed Steel Company. Throughout the 1920's Higgins collected arms, armor and other steel. These items where stored in his home until Higgins incorporated his collection as a museum in 1928.  A four story art deco L shaped building was designed by Joseph D. LeLand. Higgins  started the construction of the steel and glass building in 1929 for it to be used for his armory collection. Construction was completed in 1931 and was named The Museum of Steel and Armor.  The museum was renamed in 1975 to the John W. Higgins Armory Museum and stayed open until  December 2013. The building is now know as the John W. Higgins Armory LLC  Event Center, Art Gallery and Office Facility and is a U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This historic structure is believed to be one of, if not the first all steel and glass building in the United States to be  constructed.

Recent News

  • Exhibition - Beyond Belief - The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell

    Enter the Higgins' Department of Curiosities headed by Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell - a professor who has been studying the creatures of mythology for decades, but has been missing for almost as long. Look through the artifacts, specimens, and equipment that the professor ...

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  • Higgins Armory Museum Appoints New Director of Education

    The Board of Trustees of Higgins Armory Museum has announced the appointment of a new Director of Education, Devon Kurtz, formerly of Bolton, Massachusetts.  He will assume leadership of the education department effective June 26, 2008. Devon Kurtz joins the Hig...

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  • Higgins Armory Museum Appoints New Executive Director

    The Board of Trustees of Higgins Armory Museum has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director, Nikki Andersen, formerly of Fountainville, PA.  She will assume leadership of the museum effective July 1, 2008. Ms. Andersen is an internationally-recognize...

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  • Foiled! Is Foiled at Higgins Armory Museum

    We regret to announce that due to the timing of replacing the Armory’s air conditioning chiller, we must postpone the Foiled! fundraising event.  Our list of Celebrities will remain the same as we reschedule in the near future.  We would like to thank our fencers...

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