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Arms and Armor Presentations

An educator dressed in medieval armor during a public presentation

Saturdays and FREE First Sundays
11:30am and 2pm

(Schedule subject to change. Please check our calendar for specific dates.)

Join us for this fun, interactive program, and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor, including those used by Roman soldiers, Medieval knights, and beyond! Free with museum admission. Located in the Museum Conference Room, and selected from the following:

General Presentations

The Basics

Confused about the differences between mail, field, ceremonial, and tournament armors? In this 30-minute interactive presentation, discover how knightly armors were developed and used, along with some of the weapons of the period. Recommended for all ages.

Medieval Armor*

The knight in shining armor conjures hundreds of images and captures the imagination. While the Middle Ages lasted roughly one thousand years (500-1500 CE), the steel plate armor associated with the knight was only in use from 1350 CE onwards. What were its strengths? What were its weaknesses? Learn about the arms and armor used by knights and soldiers of the past in this interactive program. Recommended for ages 6+.

Live Demonstration of Medieval Combat!

The subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple are brought to life by the Cambridge Historical European Martial Arts Studies Group as they demonstrate the knightly arts in a recreation of a medieval combat school. Recommended for ages 6+.

A member of the Company of the Wolfe Argent instructing volunteers during a medieval spear drill

Costumed Interpretive Presentations

Roman Soldier*

What was it like to be a soldier? How did one live? What was the equipment like? Learn about the Roman Empire from one of its miles gregarious or common soldiers. Volunteer to help the miles show the audience just how effective he and his equipment could be. Recommended for ages 12+.

Roman Legion

Legio III Cyrenaica is a Roman living history group that strives to accurately portray the famous Legion based in Alexandria, Egypt during the Flavian period (60-100 CE). You will meet Legionary and Auxiliary soldiers and learn about their history, weapons, tactics, and daily life in this engaging presentation. Recommended for ages 6+.

Visit Legio III Cyrenaica Facebook page

The Viking Age*

Barbarians! Pirates! Traders! Explorers! These are terms used to describe the Norse people who, without warning, exploded out of Northern Europe into the consciousness of the world beyond. Unifying the royal authority of England while weakening that of France, the consequences of this period set the stage for much of the Middle Ages. Explore the world of the Vikings through their weapons, armor, and more. Recommended for ages 12+.

Medieval Men-at-Arms

The Company of the Wolfe Argent represents a group of 15th century Burgundian men-at-arms, emploing period clothing and weaponry to offer a lively glimpse of arms and armor, society, and daily life in the late Middle Ages. Recommended for ages 6+.

Visit the Company of the Wolfe Argent website

Gothic Knight*

In the 15th Century, knightly plate armor became the standard for protection, and it also was the last century to see the knight as the dominant player on the battlefield. Discover how useful armor really was and the changing nature of the world in which it was used in. Recommended for ages 12+.

17th Century Colonial Militia

The Salem Trayned Band accurately recreates a 17th-century English colonial militia unit from Salem, Massachusetts. Dressed in period clothing and equipped with historically correct arms and armor, see how our colonial ancestors defended themselves. Recommended for ages 12+.

Visit the Salem Trayned Band website

* Available for private group bookings – click here for more information.

See also: School Programs and Kids and Families