Thirty-eight miles from Boston, in the heart of Massachusetts is the city of Worcester, meaning "war-castle". The name of the town is fitting for it is the home to a marvelous collection of historic arms. The collection was previous held within the Higgins Armory Museum, and now the Worcester Art Museum has taken over care of these rare treasures. Look for these intriguing pieces in the museum's Knights! exhibition, and later, they will be integrated into the Museum’s Medieval galleries, which will open with a completely new installation.
Along with sharing the arms and armor from the recently acquired Higgins Armory Collection, the museum hopes guest's will enjoy their upcoming Medieval Exhibition. The exhibit will include stories of castles, towns, and monasteries; of the Silk Roads and Timbuktu; of bishops, knights, and nuns. And, the new installation will also be enhanced with digital interactives and hands-on experiences, allowing visitors to explore these rare and beautiful objects from multiple directions. Visit the Worcester Art Museum's website for available programs, classes, and discounts available.
While in Worcester explore one of the few remaining examples of eighteenth-century architecture. The Salisbury Mansion, once home to one of Worcester County's wealthiest families was built in 1772 by Stephen Salisbury I. Today the mansion, located at 40 Highland Street in Worcester, MA, is a historical resource and example of the Salisbury family life in the 1830s.
The generous contributions made to the community by three generations of the Salisbury Family helped save the mansion from demolition in the early 1900’s. The mansion has served the community in many ways since then, and not until 1984 did it open as the city's first historic house museum. The Salisbury Mansion is open Thursday from 1 - 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday 1 - 4pm. Call 508-753-8278 for additional information.
By Melody Schubert