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    Composite Stechzeug (armor for the German Joust)

    Now on View

    On November 6, 2016, the Worcester Art Museum will close its Knights! exhibition featuring arms and armor from the recently acquired Higgins Armory Collection. The end of this exhibition opens up a new opportunity for the Museum through the reinstallation of its medieval collection. The reinstalled medieval galleries will combine WAM's outstanding pre-existing collection of ecclesiastical artwork with the chivalric arms and armor of the Higgins collection to tell a new story for 21st-century audiences. Look to see stories of castles, towns, and monasteries; of the Silk Roads and Timbuktu; of bishops, knights, and nuns. 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.

    FAQ: Ongoing Arms & Armor Presentations at WAM

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    Mobile Audio Tour

    We are pleased to provide audio descriptions of works exhibited in the newly reinstalled Medieval Galleries.

    Click here to play the Audio Tour

    The renovation and reinstallation of the Medieval Galleries has been supported in part by grants from The Manton Foundation and The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and by sponsorship from Reliant Medical Group.

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    The art of autumn - The Boston Globe
    Worcester Art Museum celebrates holidays and opening of revamped Medieval Galleries - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Press Release

    Above: Composite Stechzeug (armor for the "German Joust"), about 1480-1540, steel, iron, brass and leather, The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.1164