The Collings Foundation formal grand opening of its new American Heritage Museum in Stow, Massachusetts, featuring the Jacques Littlefield Collection, took place on the weekend of May 3-5.
There was a sneak peak for the public back in October but now all the displays are complete. I drove the hour and 45 minutes from coastal Connecticut with my son and Tanknet member Jeff and greatly enjoyed seeing this new world class facility. Museum guides were out in force but the public's attendance seemed disappointing to me. I hope they have sufficient funding secured to keep this fantastic museum financially viable.
Here are some photos from our visit.
The lighting made interior photography a challenge.
Here is the highlight of the museum: the Panther Ausf A and a T34/85:
Here's a view looking downward on the M3 Lee affording a good view of the placement of its side-mounted 75 mm gun:
A Higgins boat that actually took part in the D-Day landings:
A Hetzer and an M4A3E2 Jumbo. Also visible are an M16 Half-Track / M45 Quadmount and a Bren Gun Carrier:
A T-72 in the foreground next to a segment of the Berlin Wall with quite an armor collection visible in the background.
The M-26 Pershing. You may be familiar with the famous footage of the Pershing taking on the Panther tank next to the Cologne cathedral.
Here Nick Moran interviews that Pershing tank's gunner:
The tour guide told us that the gunner from the Pershing tank in that battle had been in to see this one on display. The staircase visible on the left had been placed there to enable him to go up on this tank.