Higgins Celebrates Armor In Pop Culture – April events schedule

Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts


The April program schedule for Higgins is here; just in time for April vacations.
This month they are celebrating Armor in Pop Culture. Highlights include ‘Star Wars Day’, an overnight Gaming Knight, Spring BeerFest, and a superhero comic workshop by local comic book artists Andy Fish and Veronica Hebard.

As always – a complete list of museum programming is at www.higgins.org.
The Higgins Armory Museum is located at 100 Barber Avenue; 508/853-6015.
Admission: $9, adults; $7, children ages 6-16; $8, seniors, age 60+; free, children 5 and under, and members.

Two things to note:
April 26 – Age of Armor exhibition closes. Catch it while it’s still here!
Museum Closed Easter Sunday, Apr. 12


Take it to the Curator
Sat., Apr. 4
1 – 3 pm
$30, $10 for museum members

What’s that armored figure in the attic? Ask Higgins curatorial staff, who identify and make non-monetary evaluations of up to three privately-owned arms and armor objects. By appointment only. Call Linda Woodland at (508) 853-6015, ext 23, for an appointment.

School Vacation Week Apr. 20-24
This April vacation week, travel to worlds limited only by the imagination. Meet knights in shining armor, learn about princesses in castles and marvel at the antics of fire-breathing dragons. Live demonstrations, story-telling, and hands-on activities daily, including “Make Your Own Shield” workshop ($5 per project).

Superheroes in Armor
Wed., Apr. 22
Times: 10 am – 11:15 am, for children ages 8-12 1 pm – 2:15 pm, for children ages 13 +
$25 per person ($15 per person for members and WOO Card Holders)
Advance registration required by Apr. 15


From Wonder Woman’s indestructible gauntlets to Magnetos’ psionic defense helmet, armor has long been part of the comic book heroes’ persona. Inspired by armor throughout the Higgins’ collection, kids create a superhero during this workshop taught by Andy Fish and Veronica Hebard of undercoverfish.com. All materials provided.
To register, call (508) 853-6015.

Gaming Knight
Fri., Apr. 24 – Sat., Apr. 25 – 7 pm – 7 am
$15, $10 for museum members and WOO Card Holders
$12 for people in costume
Gamers of all ages score knight moves during this overnight at the Higgins. Games of all kinds – board games, collectible games, miniature games, role-playing games and more – are available to play.  Favorites include Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Carcassonne, Axis and Allies, Diplomacy, Killer Bunnies, Guillotine, and more.  Visitors can bring their own to share. Munchies and soda provided.

Spring BeerFest
Sat., Apr. 25 6 – 9 pm
Advance tickets: $35 ($25 for members).
Tickets at door: $45.
Designated drivers $5.
Discover why beer is the world’s third most popular beverage after water and tea. BeerFest features refreshing springtime brews from more than 15 craft brewers. Enjoy beer and a snack in the medieval ambiance of the Great Hall. Catering by Tastings Caterers. Purchase advance tickets at (508) 853-6015 or at www.higgins.org.

Star Wars Day
Sat., Apr. 25 10 am – 4 pm
Free with museum admission
More than 30 years ago, American movie audiences were introduced to Star Wars, the epic saga of good vs. evil set in “a galaxy far, far away.” Closer to home, the Higgins’ hosts the brave members of the Rebellion as well as their combatants, the storm troopers of Emperor Sidious’ 501st Legion. A Star Wars scavenger hunt is among the activities as well as a discussion about the troops’ galactic armor, weaponry, and comparisons to 16th century Gothic knights.

Film: The Clone Wars
Sat., Apr. 25, 2 – 4 pm
Free with museum admission
This animated Star Wars adventure is set between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The Clone Wars are raging and when Jabba the Hutt’s son is taken by a group of renegades, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi depart in search of answers, meeting such villans as Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Asajj Ventress. Rated PG. 90 minutes.

Siege the Day: Trebuchet Building Contest
Sat., May 2, 10:00 am
$25 youth/school team; $50 adult team.
Free to watch!
A medieval siege machine – similar to a catapult – trebuchets destroyed castle walls by hurling large stones. Grab some friends to design and build a trebuchet here at the Higgins. Prizes awarded for accuracy, historical construction, and overall “coolness.” Bonus points awarded for costumes.  Visit www.higgins.org to register your team.


CastleKids Story Hour
Wed., Apr. 1 – 1 pm
$5.00 member adult/child pair, $9.00 non-member adult/child pair
From damsels in distress to mighty dragons, children enjoy tales of adventure, from well-known fairy tales to modern picture books in the medieval Great Hall. Stories include The Paper Bag Princess. Includes snack and craft.

Company of the Wolfe Argent
Sat., Apr. 4, 11:30 am & 2 pm
Free with museum admission
Representing a company of 15th century Burgundian men-at-arms, this group employs period clothing and weaponry to offer a lively glimpse of arms and armor, society, and daily life in the late Middle Ages.


Historic Combat Demonstration
Sat., Apr. 4, 18 – 1 pm, 3 pm
Free with museum admission

The subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple are brought alive by Higgins Armory Sword Guild as they demonstrate the knightly arts in a recreation of a medieval combat school.

Live Arms and Armor Show
Sun., Apr. 5, 11, 19 & 26 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Free with museum admission
This interactive program covers the history of armor, from its evolution as mail to plate armor to its disappearance, then modern reappearance on the battlefield. Volunteers from the audience may help with the demonstration.

14th Century Knight: Armor in Transition
Sat., Apr. 11, 11:30 am
Free with museum admission
Why did knights change from using mail armor to plate? Why did it take nearly 150 years? These are just some of the questions answered in this program focusing on the evolution of knightly armor.

Roman Auxiliary Soldiers
Sat., Apr. 11, 2 pm
Free with museum admission
A presentation showing a rarely heard aspect of the Roman military: Auxiliary soldiers. Recruited from all corners of the Roman Empire, these non-citizen soldiers were similarly trained and equipped like the Legions, providing military support to the Legions on the battlefield, as well as various other tasks such as border patrol, armed escort, and policing duties.

Museum Closed Easter Sunday, Apr. 12

Medieval Soldier
Sat., Apr. 18, 11:30 am
Free with museum admission
Discover the role of the none-knightly class, the common infantry man, on the medieval battle field. See examples of a soldier’s equipment and how it differed from that of the armored knight. Learn about the importance of the common soldier in effecting the development of knightly armor and the changing roles of the knight and soldier in battle.

Viking Warrior Presentation
Sat., Apr. 18, 2 pm
Free with museum admission
A dominant force in Europe for centuries, the Vikings still fascinate the contemporary world. Explore the culture, daily life, and military equipment of this legendary and fearsome society.

April 26 – Age of Armor exhibition closes.

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