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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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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Don't miss this if you are remotely interested in guns

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Tolono, Illinois, USA
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Tolono, Illinois, USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Davenport, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Arsenal Museum is free and has a lot of good information on the history of the Arsenal. It also has a huge arms collection--not my thing, but my dad was really impressed. The museum also includes exhibits on local history and Quarters One, which is the second-largest home belonging to the US Government, after the White House, so there's... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It is very unique & Beautiful. It has a lot of History and much on the Island Installation to see & do. Also for the kids- lots of places to wear off that extra energy climbing on old Tanks etc. Anyone passing by the area needs to stop in this Community and see this and other sights like the International... More 

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North VAncouver BC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Oelwein
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65 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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