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Visit us this weekend to see the USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard perform period drills, marching and musket firing. The American Heritage Museum will be open the entire Spring Break week - April 19th to 26th, 10 AM to 5 PM. ... See MoreSee Less

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A little snow in the Boston area is no problem for us here at the @americanheritagemuseum - we are open from 10am to 5pm daily this weekend and all week next week (April 17-25) for Patriots Day and Spring Break from 10am-5pm daily. Information at the link in our bio! (video from earlier this year... thankfully just a dusting of snow today!) #tanks #tankmuseum #M24chaffee #WWII #worldwar2 #worldoftanks #hudsonmass #hudsonma #PatriotsDay #massachusetts ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum is now offering an annual Library Membership / Pass Program to local libraries who wish to offer half-price admission to patrons who wish to "check out" the passes. Many museums offer similar programs and we are pleased to do the same to bring more families and children to the American Heritage Museum! Please spread the word and let your local libraries know! Learn more at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/get-involved/library-pass-program/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Arsenal of Democracy


M4A1 Sherman (Grizzly)
– USA | TANK

Sherman Turret Trainer – USA | TURRET TRAINER

1942 Buick Super (Front) – USA | CIVILIAN AUTOMOBILE

During the Second World War, “Arsenal of Democracy” was the slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29th, 1940
to signal that the then still neutral United States would use all its immense industrial capacity to build the weapons of war needed by the last struggling democracies to save themselves, and the idea of democracy itself, from the threat of conquest by fascism and militarism in Europe and Asia.

Immediately after the United States entered WWII, our entire industrial infrastructure changed exclusively to support the war effort. All companies, large and small changed their production. A good example is the automobile industry. Ford focused a lot of their production on aircraft, primarily the B-24 Liberators – that became the most massed produced aircraft in American History. Cadillac made many components and engines for tanks and armored vehicles. Buick stopped all civilian car production and switched to making engines for the Liberators as well as armored vehicles, and tanks. Buick went on to make over 74,000 radial engines for the B-24, 2,000 M18 Hellcat tank destroyers, 600 M-39 tanks, over 19,000 M4, M10 and M26 power trains, over 2 million cartridge cases and more.

By the end of the war, U.S. industry was by itself out producing all the Axis countries combined. American trucks, tanks and aircraft were also supplied to Allied nations, from Canada to Britain to the Red Army of the Soviet Union. The Arsenal of Democracy exhibit highlights the phenomenal American industrial effort throughout WWII.

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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.