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The American Heritage Museum re-opens on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 and will be open Wednesday through Sunday each week from 10am to 5pm daily through the summer! The State of Massachusetts requires all visitors to wear face masks, so please be prepared. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you!The American Heritage Museum will open Wednesday July 8th! Standard hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. We ask that all visitors wear face masks while visiting the indoor spaces per state requirements. We have been closed since March - so will be really great to see all of you again soon!

Please spread the word! We have been cleaning and polishing for months now. Everything is in ship-shape and ready! We are going to be hosting our first Tank Demo Days, August 15th and 16th. Visit the news and events page on our website for more information.
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Collings Foundation

Now booking throughout the summer is our M4A3 Sherman Tank Driving Experience right here in Hudson, MA at the American Heritage Museum! Get a preview with the new video below! This is the moviestar tank that was driven by James Garner in the movie "Tank" and has been outfitted with dual controls, so no manual transmission experience is necessary! Learn more at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/tank-driving-experiences/
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Collings Foundation

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Battle For The Airfield – WWII Re-enactment

October 12, 2019 @ 8:30 am - October 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

568 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749
The Collings Foundation is hosting a WWII re-enactment, WWII Veterans round-table discussion, historic artifact demonstrations, and all three Museums will be open: The Classic Car Barn, The Hangar and The American Heritage Museum. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and operating in a captivating living history event. Allied and Axis camps will be set up with authentic materials and appearance. An incredible battle takes place with many effects. Over 300 Re-enactors act as docents who share a wealth of information about life as a WWII military person. WWII Veterans from all ranks and branches of service will participate in a round-table discussion. The new American Heritage Museum will be open for the weekend during the Battle for the Airfield! The American Heritage Museum features one of the largest collection of tanks and armor in the United States. Over 85 artifacts will be on display, including the rare WWII German Panther tank, a combat veteran Russian IS-2 tank, an Iraqi SCUD missile and the only publicly displayed M1A1 Abrams tank in the world.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

Encampments – See the recreated encampments of both the Allied and Axis soldiers taking part in the daily battles. Reenactors display their equipment and living conditions of the time period and many offer the ability to fully immerse yourself in living history as you walk around.

Daily Battles – There are two World War II battle reenactments per day at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Each re-enactment is approximately 40 minutes in duration and features operating tanks, vehicles, and pyrotechnics as well as over 200 soldier re-enactors on both sides. Please note that the daily battles can be very loud, so please plan accordingly for young children or persons that may be sensitive to such activity.

Veterans Round Table – Each day at 1:00pm there will be a Veterans round-table discussion and presentation featuring actual veterans of World War II telling their stories and taking questions from the audience. This is an outstanding opportunity to learn directly from those who fought.

American Heritage Museum – Featuring the Jacques M. Littlefield Collection, this new museum features over 85 restored tanks, vehicles, and artifacts in a state-of-the-art museum display including many interactive displays and videos. See our World War I trench experience, the Clash of Steel interactive battle, and many more including the only modern M1A1 Abrams on public display in the world. You will receive a ticket for admission to the museum on either the event day or any weekend through November 24th if you would rather return to see it.

Hangar – See 12 vintage light aircraft from 1909 through WWII including: 1909 Bleriot XI, 1909 Curtiss Pusher, 1911 Wright Model EX “Vin Fiz”, 1914 Curtiss Model F Flying Boat, 1941 Waco UPF-7, two 1942 Boeing PT-17 Stearmans, 1943 Fieseler Storch, 1944 Grumman TBM Avenger, 1944 Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, and 1944 Grumman Goose. Additionally displayed on top level (not wheelchair accessible) a variety of vintage Sprint race cars and select Indy Cars.

Car Museum – An extensive collection of 25 rare automobiles from 1901 through 1935 including a rare Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton and many more.

DAILY SCHEDULE

8:30 AM – Gates Open, Encampments Open, Hangar and Car Museum Open
9:00 AM – American Heritage Museum Open
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM – First Battle Reenactment
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – WWII Veterans Round Table
3:00 PM to 3:45 PM – Second Battle Reenactment
4:00 PM – American Heritage Museum Closes
4:30 PM – Hangar and Car Museum Closed, Event Ends

FOOD AND COMFORT NOTES

There is food available for purchase at the event, and coolers and picnics are permitted. It is a carry in/carry out policy. Porta-Potties are available throughout the event.

RESTRICTIONS AND IMPORTANT NOTES

Please note that due to the loud noise and activity during the re-enactments, we do not allow pets other than certified service animals during the event. If you or your children have noise sensitivity, we encourage you to bring hearing protection for the re-enactments.

FLIGHTS ON WORLD WAR II AIRCRAFT

We regret that there will be no flights available at the event on any World War II aircraft as offered at previous events due to restrictions imposed by the town.

ADMISSION

Advance Sale Online Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for sale through October 4th, 2019 at the reduced price of $28 for Adults and $15 for Children under 12. Tickets are per day, either Saturday and/or Sunday. Event is rain or shine. Click on the link below to purchase tickets.

Price after October 4th and at gate is $35 for Adults and $20 for Children 5 to 12 years.

Details

Start:
October 12, 2019 @ 8:30 am
End:
October 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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Venue

American Heritage Museum
568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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Phone:
978-562-9182
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COVID-19 Event Cancellations & Closure

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts, the Father's Day Open House / "Tanks, Wings, & Wheels" event in partnership with the American Heritage Museum has been CANCELLED for June 20-21, 2020. Additionally, the American Heritage Museum is CLOSED until Phase III re-openings are announced in the state. We will make announcements here and on our Facebook page when re-opening is announced.