Higgins Armory permanently closing its doors

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March 8, 2013, 6:53 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Carosa, Worcester, Mass.) - The doors to one of Worcester's historic treasures will close forever.

The Higgins Armory Museum is one of the greatest collections of arms and armor in the country, but it has lost a long battle to raise enough money to stay open.

"We are unsustainable, we have been looking for a partner to restructure with and have succeeded in a long time stewardship of the collection with the Worcester Art Museum," said Suzanne Maas, interim executive director, Higgins Armory Museum. "We have truly succeeded in keeping this collection in Worcester."

Maas says the decision to close the museum was not an easy one, but the collection will not be lost.  It will be gifted to the Worcester Art Museum where the historic objects will live on.

"Nowadays, you couldn't even begin to assemble this caliber of works and now these works will come to the Worcester Art Museum and it will enhance our collection," said Matthias Waschek, director, Worcester Art Museum.

The Higgins Armory Museum was established in the 1930s and has been enjoyed by generations ever since. For more than eight decades it has been the only museum devoted to arms and armor.

Two thousand objects, some dating back 5,000 years, will now be displayed with a modern twist.

"Just imagine shelves with helmets, or a drawer you pull out and you can see 10 knives up close, or a vertical drawer that you pull out and you have 10 lancers at your finger tips," said Waschek.

Maas says the items will be transferred to their new home next year. While it is sad the museum is closing, she says the objects will not only live on, but they will live on in Worcester for all to enjoy.

"It's so important that this collection be maintained for not only the enjoyment of people, but also for the study of history of arms and armor," said Maas.

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