It is comforting to know that the Higgins will be carefully and precisely integrated into the WAM for the enjoyment of generations to come, and it's fantastic collection will remain in Worcester.
John Savickas, Chair, Business Partner Committee, Worcester Art Museum
President, Interstate Specialty Products, Inc.
I'm sorry to see Higgins Armory close its doors, but grateful to Worcester Art Museum for creating a home for its collection of arms and armor so that it can stay in Worcester and be accessible to residents, visitors and students. I hope that if anything the collection, once it opens at the museum, will see more visitors. Equally important, all art exists within the context of the world in which it was created; and we view it in the context of our modern world. Bringing the Higgins collection to the Worcester Art Museum will enable visitors to see it in context with other works created during the same historical periods.
Troy Siebels, Executive Director,
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
It is visionary on the part of the Worcester Art Museum to incorporate the renowned Higgins collection into its stellar collection. It can only strengthen WAM's place as an encyclopedic museum which actively engages the community in world-class art. Kudos to all parties who have ensured that Worcester remains the home of such notable works of art and craft.
Erin I. Williams, Cultural Development Officer, City of Worcester
The integration of the Higgins Armory Museum collection into the Worcester Art Museum is a case study in how two cultural institutions can address sustainability challenges for their mutual benefit and for the good of their city. HAM benefits because its entire core collection will be displayed for the first time in history and a splendid new setting will spur visitors to see arms and armor in fresh ways. WAM benefits because the demonstrated appeal of the Higgins collection to families and children in MetroWest and greater Boston will help it attain its goal of 200,000 visitors by 2020. And Worcester benefits as home city to what will be a premier New England cultural destination that engenders civic pride, economic competitiveness, social cohesion, intellectual ferment, spiritual exploration, and intercultural engagement.
Rev. Robert Bachelder, President, Higgins Armory Museum Board of Trustees, 1997-1999