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Rock Island Arsenal

Address: Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 309-782-1121
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Rock Island
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Islands, Outdoors
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Owner description: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest government-owned arsenal is located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River.
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Lacon, Illinois, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

My husband and I visited the Rock Island Arsenal in October 2014. We live within 2 hours of the area, have visited the Quad Cities multiple times but never been to the arsenal. We were thoroughly impressed! The buildings themselves were impressive as were the museum and the whole island really! The Arsenal museum was very nice; lots more information... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I loved DJ'S Restaurant. Food (Salmon) dish was excellent as well as the steak. You can't beat the ambiance you experience at Jumer's. Slots Galore!

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Peru, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Rock Island arsenal is a beautiful tribute to our history. My father being a career Airforce man looks forward to his visits there monthly

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Los Angeles, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A group of barges was just going through the locks so my husband had wonderful opportunities to take photos & watch the bridge swing open. He was warned to keep his camera aimed toward the locks and not toward the arsenal. We didn't have time to see the rest of the history there unfortunately. Interesting exhibits in the visitors center.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Be sure to visit the lock and dam and see how river barges travel up and down the Mississippi River. Very interesting visitor's center with interactive displays for the whole family. Extra special if you happen to see a tug and barges going thru the lock.

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Poplar Grove, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Interesting experience. Getting into the facility was a bit of a challenge requiring ID, etc. Enjoyed it.

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131 reviews 131 reviews
45 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you are keeping up with the Civil War in its sesquicentennial, then Rock Island Confederate Cemetery is a stop to make while in the QuadCities. The Arsenal offers, in addition to a chance to honor the fallen of our nation's conflict, a great view of the Mississippi Locks and Dam #15. It'a a worthy educational experience for young and... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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97 reviews 97 reviews
12 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This place was unbelievable even on a Sunday when the museum and shops were closed. Just to drive around and observe the old, and very well maintained, buildings was awe inspiring. Not only the past but the present production of military hardware and munitions is extremely impressive. If these walls could talk! A must see during the week when a... More

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Clare, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is a nice place to visit and it is free. We go to this area to camp a lot. There a lot of things to do and see.

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Green Valley, AZ
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21 reviews 21 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It was a wonderful visit to the Museum at Rock Island Arsenal! My husband and I are both lovers of military history so it was really a treat when our nephew suggested this. I wasn't writing reviews on Trip Advisor last year when we did this tour but saw it come up after I posted a Rock Island review of... More

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