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Rock Island Arsenal Museum

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Address: Bldg. 60, North Avenue just east of Gillespie, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 309 782 5021
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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The History of the Place was Fascinating and it's FREE!

Very interesting to visit, the history of the place is amazing. And it's FREE. They even have a collection of guns that were confiscated from the Indians. We had no idea this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Winona Minnesota
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Winona Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very interesting to visit, the history of the place is amazing. And it's FREE. They even have a collection of guns that were confiscated from the Indians. We had no idea this place even existed, stumbled onto it by accident! You do enter an Army base when visiting, make sure every adult in the vehicle has a picture id. After... More 

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Geneva, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Having been to this area on visits for years, we finally took the bridge over to this island. Lots of interesting attractions to see, and this museum was unique to me with all the firearms and history of making anything a soldier would use/need past and present. We watched a very good movie on the history of the island and... More 

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Mattoon, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

In the area for the jazz festival, we decided to take in the Rock Island Arsenal Museum as well. My mother, and a few other relatives, actually worked at this arsenal during WWII. The military headcount has always been dwarfed by the civilian population working here. I didn't realize that it is still functioning as an arsenal, building modern weaponry.... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Although rather small, this museum was impressive in its collection of firearms. My Viet Nam vet husband was very entertained here.

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Omaha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took the kids to watch the barges move down the river. It's a bit convoluted to get there, but worth it. The windows and the patio are right "there". You can see the barges moving right in front of you! A great way to teach the kids about navigation on a river. The five year old loved watching the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a very interesting building with a lot of history and an amazing gun collection. Some of the displays seems a bit dated -- not historically speaking, but a bit shabby in the presentation compared to other museums. The horse, in particular, is so old that it's almost (almost) gross, but kids are still entranced with a stuffed horse.... More 

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Heber City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This museum is a historic treasure chest of weapons. The island is very interesting to history buffs. Try to visit during armed forces day when everything is going on.

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This museum is located on Arsenal Island, (the Rock Island Arsenal) and houses a large display of weapons may dating back through our nation's history, but that's not all. There are many displays of interesting artifacts that will appeal to many. If you're visiting the Quad Cities, don't mis the chance to visit the Rock Island Arsenal. A valid photo... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

First time visitors and we will definitely be back. The Rock Island Arsenal is located on a small island in the middle of the Mississippi River. It is an active army base and has many attractions for the history and nature buff. The Museum was filled with all sort of arms including handguns, rifles, and cannons from all over the... More 

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Earlville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

& its free/ they ask for donations. nice gift shop! easy to find easy parking workers were very knowledgable

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