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Rock Island Arsenal

Rock Island, IL
309-782-1121
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Rock Island
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Government Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
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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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Americus
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131 reviews 131 reviews
45 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
12 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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Chicago, IL
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Rock Island Arsenal is an active US Army facility with lots of history. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a landmark, and today is the largest government owned and operated arsenal. To that end, you do need to go through a guard post to get in, and anyone over 16 years of age does... More

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Manning, Iowa
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152 reviews 152 reviews
43 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

I stopped counting at 150! That is enough information to send anyone who wishes to see bald eagles. The Rock Island Arsenal offers an excellent opportunity for a quick, free and unbelievable chance to see these great birds. It is simple, drive to the west side of the Arsenal, you do not have to enter the Arsenal, park next to... More

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

You could spend a day visiting the Rock Island Arsenal. Near the Moline enrance is the US National Cemetary and the historical Confederate Cemetary. Midway along Rodman Avenue, there is an exhibit of army tanks, big guns and other armaments. The Arsenal museum offers additional exhibits of the various armaments and equipment manufacturing done at the arsenal over it's many... More

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