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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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Lots of guns, history

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... read more

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

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 13 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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Milan, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

For a firearms expert and gunsmith like me this is an awesome collection to look at. However the "Sheldon" part of my firearms background only allows me to rate this 4 stars rather than 5. The way the pieces are organized is totally devoid of any logical order. Stoner rifle prototypes grouped in with Winchester lever actions makes no practical... More 

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Tolono, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Biggest firearm collection I've ever seen. Stuff I've only read about in magazines. I could've spent a day or more there. Way more than I was expecting. The architecture on the base is worth the visit alone as well.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a must see, especially if you'd like to see 100's of long rifles, handguns and more from the settling of our country right up to modern age. They still are a foundry and ammunition center. There is a bed that Charles Lindburg slept in and so much more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My son and I were visiting the Quad Cities and the Arsenal was one of our choices. I always knew it existed but didn't know it had such a history. My son and I are gun enthusiasts, so we were impressed with the collection of arms - but didn't realize the importance they had to each war effort. My late... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Well maintained and organized museum of the things that have happened at the Rock Island Arsenal location from the mid-1800s through the present. Online access is available in the museum to the complete record of Confederate prisoners-of-war that were held at Rock Island. Extensive collection of military small arms. The museum is on the grounds of the Arsenal, which is... More 

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Additional Information about Rock Island Arsenal Museum

Address: Address: Bldg. 60, North Avenue just east of Gillespie, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 309 782 5021
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rock Island
Open Hours:
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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