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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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a chance to see history

an opportunity to see military personnel & civilians working side by side on a real military post while also seeing the history of the arsenal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Maureen M
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

an opportunity to see military personnel & civilians working side by side on a real military post while also seeing the history of the arsenal.

Thank Maureen M
bement, Il
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Thought this would be a great place to visit. And it was! wall to wall guns and war memorabilia. There were books to give the history of each gun etc that was on the wall. There was even a horse that was covered in the skins of several other horses. did not realize that several horses were used to carry... More 

Thank frogtoes
Aurora, Illinois
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Many in the midwest may not know this place exists...an actual Army installation in Rock Island. Buildings from the 1890's, a pow cemetery from the civil war, a wonderful museum that displays all the munitions and history of area. A great children's area within the museum and good to see as an American.

1 Thank buttonskc
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95 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

If you are interested in firearms this is the place to stop. Two of four walls of the museum had racks of small arms. There are variations of the same weapon hanging next to each other, some are hard to spot.

Thank J-Szy8
Huntsville, Alabama
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100 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

this is the place for you. The museum looks small when you enter but it traces the fascinating history of Rock Island Arsenal through all of its phases. Most of the many military products produced or refurbished here are represented in context. They range from Canteen covers to howitzers. Plan about 2 hours for your visit. the museum is open... More 

1 Thank Mediocrates
Poplar Grove, Illinois
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The Rock Island Arsenal is large enough, yet small enough to include in your Quad Cities visit without boring you. Guns and weaponry galore. Interesting to see what our military uses.

Thank Rose Marie W
Omaha, Nebraska
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

If your into history and have no idea what an arsenal does this free museum is the place to learn about what an arsenal does. We could tell you but that would spoil your chance to learn about it. They do ask for a voluntary donation. The gun collection from every war is unbelievable. Also the 2 cemetaries are worth... More 

Thank DrywallRon
Merrill, Wisconsin
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156 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

If you have a-n-y interest at all in military weaponry, this museum is a place you do not want to miss! It is located on the grounds of the "original" Rock Island Arsenal with mostly a-l-l of the "old" buildings still remaining. The museum contains just about e-v-e-r-y military weapon, from all countries in the world, and especially features the... More 

1 Thank 325Judy
Ottumwa, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Lots of great artifacts! Many lots of interesting things to see and read in the museum. My wife and I enjoyed the museum. We told my father in law and now he wants us to take him there too.

1 Thank Garry4963
Winona Minnesota
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45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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