It’s getting cold outside and if you’re like me you’re probably looking for some fun kid activities that are INDOORS.
Higgins Armory Museum is having the Age of Armor exhibit now through April. This exhibit returned to Higgins in October after traveling around the country for the past 5 years and features authentic pieces that were actually worn and used in battles.
Learn about the craftsmanship and history of armor from Early Greek through the 17th Century (550 B.C. – mid-17th Century). You’ll learn about the practical applications of armor from protection to intimidation of the enemy. Armor also was used as a way to convey status, skill and personal tastes of the wearer. They’ve got some unusual pieces that can give you a glimpse into the lives of the owners.
Higgins has also planned special thematic programs monthly throughout the exhibition so keep an eye on their calendar. The Viking Warrior Presentations and Live Arms and Armor Presentations are also continuing per the normal schedule. We’ve been to the armor and Viking presentations and they are a lot of fun and very informative.
Some special things coming up:
Company of Wolfe Argent – 15th century Burgundian men-at-arms / exhibition of period clothing and weaponry and life in the late Middle Ages
Legio III Cyrenaica Roman Legion – Roman living history group portrays the Legion based in Alexandria, Egypt during the Flavian period (60-100 AD/CE). Meet Legionary and Auxiliary soldiers and learn about their history, weapons, tactics and lives.
Also, I noticed that they’ve got classes starting up in the spring: Fencing, Fundamentals of Historical Combat Classes and Techniques of the German Longsword. The classes are four 2-hour sessions starting in February and April and cost $100 for museum members and $125 for non-members. Go to the Calendar on the web site for more information: http://higgins.org/Calendar/
Age of Armor is open during regular museum hours: Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Sun., noon – 4 p.m. Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children ages 6-16; free for members and children 5 and under. A complete schedule of events and more information can be found at www.higgins.org