The Higgins Armory Museum, an 82-year-old Worcester institution with an internationally renowned collection of arms and armor that is the second largest in the country, announced Friday it will permanently close Dec. 31 after losing a long battle to raise enough endowment money to ensure its future.This is the arguably the best military history museum in the world.
The collection will be moved and integrated into the Worcester Art Museum, which plans in time to display all of Higgins' core 2,000 objects. Higgins will stay open for the rest of the year and offer “top-notch” programs and events.
Although Higgins may not have succeeded in its long-term attempts to stay an individual entity, interim executive director Suzanne W. Maas said that she is excited the future of the collection has been secured and will be staying in Worcester. Meanwhile, Matthias Waschek, director of the Worcester Art Museum, said acquiring the collection gives the WAM “incredible opportunities.”
“Yes, we're staying in Worcester,” Ms. Maas said in an interview Wednesday. “But I expect people to grieve the loss of this building as we grieve the loss of it.”
I never went there when I lived in Massachusetts. Crap.