Springfield Armory National Historic Site

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site preserves the stories and history of America’s first armory. Producing firearms for nearly two centuries, the Springfield Armory in Springfield, MA, was the primary manufacturer of U.S. military firearms until 1968. Today, the Armory houses the largest collection of historic American firearms, including weapons dating back to the Revolutionary War. Located in one of the most history-dense parts of the nation, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site is a popular attraction for history buffs interested in military firearms. 

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Things To Do Near Springfield Armory National Historic Site

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is one of the best places to learn about America’s military armament history. Visitors can walk the grounds of the armory and see historic buildings and experience a scenic view overlooking Springfield. The main attraction at the Armory is the museum, which teaches visitors how tools and manufacturing methods developed over two centuries of weapon production. 

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How To Get To Springfield Armory National Historic Site

From Bradley International Airport in Hartford, take Interstate 91 northbound to Exit 6 and turn right onto State Street two blocks after exiting. Drive east for approximately .75 miles and turn left onto Federal Street. After about 100 yards, the main gate to the Armory will be on the left.  From Logan International Airport in Boston, take Interstate 90 westbound and follow Exit 4 to merge onto Interstate 91 southbound. Take Exit 7 off Interstate 91 and turn left onto State Street. Drive east approximately .75 miles and turn left onto Federal Street. After about 100 yards, the main gate to the Armory will be on the left.  The site is open year-round, but guided tours of the grounds are only offered while the weather permits. Summer is the busiest time at the Armory, but there is ample space, and it is usually not crowded. The site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through October 31 and Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November 1 to Memorial Day. 

Address

Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is among the best examples of American military history surviving today. After two centuries of active production, the Armory tells a story not only of American weapon manufacturing but also American industry and mechanization. RV travelers will enjoy visiting Springfield, and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site is essential to any tour of American history. When you travel by RV, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Armory as one destination of many across an area full of historical significance.