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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 #6 of 19 Attractions in Rock Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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17 reviews 17 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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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
50 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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9 reviews 9 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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Rock Island, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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