After 83 years, Higgins Armory Museum officially closed its doors on December 31, 2013. Fortunately, the museum's core collection lives on at the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) just a few miles away. On Friday, March 28, WAM opened a NEW exhibition, entitled Knights!, combining works from its collection with those from the newly integrated Higgins Collection.
Click here to learn more about the future long-term plans to present this arms and armor collection at the Worcester Art Museum.
After completing a proposal process that focused on building preservation and community enhancement, The Higgins Armory Museum officially closed on the sale of its property located at 100 Barber Avenue in Worcester, Mass. The property was purchased by the John W. Higgins Armory, LLC, a company created by the new owner prior to the sale, which is unrelated to the existing museum and non-profit corporation.
The Higgins Armory Museum Board of Trustees ultimately selected this proposal as it best addressed the five criteria outlined for potential buyers (in no order of priority): reuse of existing building; financial return; most immediate transaction; honoring historic integrity of the building; and enhancement to the surrounding community. Proceeds from the sale of the property will be transferred to the Worcester Art Museum for the continued stewardship of the Higgins Armory Collection.
If you would like to learn more about the future use of the building by the new owner, click here.