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April 19, 2021

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, May 15th & 16th, for a fantastic weekend where you can see some of the American Heritage Museum’s tanks operating in a series of unique demonstrations. These include the M4 Sherman, M24 Chaffee, and M10 Tank Destroyer. *Special to this weekend: debut of the only restored Panzer 1 in North America! Captivating historical narration will bring these amazing machines to life.

Mr. Alfred Consigli

WWII veterans will be participating in the exhibition! Among the WWII veterans attending we hope to see Sherman tank gunner Alfred Consigli. Mr. Consigli was part of General Patton’s 774th “Black Cat” brigade. His recollections of tremendous tank battles through Europe will leave you breathless. He will come with an astounding portfolio of pictures showing the battle torn landscape the dangers his crew faced as they moved through Europe. Also attending we hope to see Mr. Bill Purple. Capt. Purple was a B-17 Flying Fortress lead pilot who flew with the 8th Air Force, 379th Bomb Group. Mr. Purple has captivating stories leading hundreds of bombers on perilous missions over Berlin. Keep in mind, with the guys being over 97 yrs. old, their schedule will remain flexible up to the weekend.

Mr. Bill Purple

Re-enactors from the Colonial period, Revolutionary War, WWI and WWII will have encampments and demonstrations through the weekend. These include: the American Colonials (17th & 18th c.). They are doing a Colonial Militia time line: The Piscataqua Company, Benjamin Church’s Company, Harmon’s Snowshoe Company, Eames’ Rangers.
From WWI there will be the British Boarder Regiment and from WWII will be representation of the Navy’s Battleship USS Massachusetts BB-59. This is living history at its finest! Each re-enactor shares a wealth of information. Period encampments will be set up featuring the artifacts, weapons and tools of the time.

All three museums will be open: The American Heritage Museum, The Historic Aviation Hangar and Classic Automobile Barn. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most rare historic aircraft, extraordinary American classic automobiles, vintage sprint, midget and Indianapolis race cars, rare artifacts and much more.

Tank Driving Experiences and Tank Rides will be available in the M4 Sherman and M24 Chaffee through the weekend. This is amazing! Like flying in a fully restored WWII aircraft, driving in a real WWII tank is something you never forget. The M4 Sherman is the only full dual control Sherman in the world. We recommend you make reservations in advance as spaces will fill up quickly. For more information, prices and to book your tank experience  CLICK HERE.

Admission for the Saturday and Sunday Tank Demo Days are:
$25 Adults  |  $20 Seniors/Veterans  |  $15 Children Under 12
WWII/Korean War Veterans and Children Under 3 are Free – No ticket required.

Purchase your tickets online for faster processing through admission:
– Click here to Buy Tickets Online for Saturday, May 15, 2021

– Click here to Buy Tickets Online for Sunday, May 16, 2021

Tickets may be purchased the day of the event by Credit Card or Cash at the entrance as well. We do recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

There is over 100,000 square feet of space within the American Heritage Museum and Hangar combined. Plenty of room for people to explore these amazing facilities while adhering to social distance protocols. Face masks will be required per MA COVID requirements. People will be led directionally through each museum with limited group size intervals.

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Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. We are following State of MA COVID-19 visitor capacity limits as of March 1st to 50% of maximum museum capacity, allowing up to 500 persons inside the building at any given time and all sanitizing protocols as outlined by the state.