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Rock Island Arsenal Museum

Bldg. 60, North Avenue just east of Gillespie, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL
309 782 5021
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Rock Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Most recent review
- Jul 26, 2014
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North VAncouver BC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Stunning array of small arms and some artillery. Seemed to be missing most British small arms of I missed them e.g. Brens, SMLEs, etc saw Stens. Down the main road is an amazing display of artillery and armour. Very glad to have seen it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The museum looks small from the outside but makes up for it inside. There are a lot of interesting displays. My favorite is they actually have 4 or 5 authentic weapons from the battle of the Little Big Horn where Custer and most of the 7th Calvary fell. There is a lot of history here.

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Chicago, IL
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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

From the old limestone building overlooking the Mississippi to the museum itself, this is a must to see! This is the second oldest US Army museum and it houses a history of how the arsenal played a role in Rock Island's development. There are walls full of weapons, cases of grenades, a stuffed horse (it is real) showing harnesses from... More

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Rock Island, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Rock Island Arsenal dates back to before the Civil War. Rock Island was settled in the early 1700's as a fur trading camp. The museum has a wonderful collection of hand guns, cannons and machine guns. If you are a history buff or interested in armament, you will enjoy the museum. The arsenal was used as a Civil War... More

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Rock Island, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lots of history here. Right in our own back yard. A must see when visitors are in town. Haven't been there recently, but recommended stop for newcomers.

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Randolph, New York
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Our visit to Rock Island to re-unite with a Vietnam Army buddy gave us the opportunity to visit the Rock Island Arsenal. It offered a very complete and interesting history of the area and the arsenal. There are many pieces of military equipment on display but my husband's favorite was the walls of gun on display. Hundreds of them. After... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The museum tells the story of the history of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island, including the Union prison camp once located there that held captive Confederate soldiers. Today, Rock Island Arsenal is an active military base and the only active U.S. Army foundry, manufacturing ordnance and equipment such as small firearms and grenade launchers. The Arsenal Museum is best... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This museum tells the story of The Rock Island Arsenal. It features examples of equipment manufactured at the arsenal. It also includes a small exhibit on the Black Hawk War of 1832 that disrupted the area. The most impressive part of the collection is the walls of guns, hundreds of them: pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns, the whole gamut. Some... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Of all the things that we found to do in Rock Island area, this was probably the most interesting. It is a free attraction at the Rock Island Arsenal open to the public. Beware the opening times, as it was open during the afternoon on the day we visited. We particularly enjoyed the displays in which you are shown the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We drove our RV to the arsenal. It was easy to get to and very easy to park. I did call ahead and the friendly woman told me to take the moline bridge to mke sure we had clearance. We had no problems getting on to the active base. The museum was pretty amazing for what it was. It was... More

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