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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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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
38 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Calamus, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you love history there is a great museum on the Arsenal which is filled with gun and ammunition from the past, an amazing collection. The military cemetary is amazing. Don't forget to take a tour of the lock and dam on the Mississippi River at the entrance to the Island.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Rock Island Arsenal is a working factory producing and refurbishing weapons of war. Its history goes back to the Civil War. Although it is a workshop and military reservation, it has much for the visitor. The Museum tells the story of the Arsenal, has a brief exhibit on the Black Hawk War that tore through the area in 1832... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I was in the area and stopped to see this and it was very interesting to go and see a working military base as well as some of the history. I was not able to see the museum as they dont open until noon. But I did see the damn along the river and hit a few golf balls out... More

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KNOXVILLE
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The Rock Island Arsenal has been an integral part of American Defense since the War of the Rebellion if not longer. There are museums galore on at Rock Island. Arsenal Island also has one of our nations largest National Cemeteries with soldiers who fought bot North and South right on up to current conflicts.

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Corry, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We didn't know about this place, but came upon it on our way to the JD Pavilion. It is very pretty and well maintained as expected by our military services. We didn't have time to take in the museum, but I figured it might be interesting, (wife wasn't too excited about it).

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