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Rock Island Arsenal

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Address: , Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 309-782-1121
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Description: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest...
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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Dam and locks for JUMBO barges and tug boat

The part of the Arsenal that I saw was the dam and locks. The size of the barges and the positioning of these boats to enter the locks is just unbelievable. There is a very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Chicago
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The part of the Arsenal that I saw was the dam and locks. The size of the barges and the positioning of these boats to enter the locks is just unbelievable. There is a very good glass enclosed visitors' center for watching the locks. It also contains photos, informative videos and various other displays. It is well worth the detour... More 

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Oak Hill, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Really cool island in the middle of the Mississippi, very pristine Confederate Cemetery, beautiful architecture, I didn't get to go to the museum but I hear it is awesome. I ate at the Golf Club House for a business reception and the buffet style dinner was good.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The island is a great way to spend the day. Remember to bring your ID as they dont let you on the island with no ID. It is still a military installation. Take your time to see all the highlights and things on the map given at the gate house. The Arsenal Museum is impressive. Even for someone like me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I attended a function on the arenal. It was very fancy. My parents are also buried there. there is an extreme amount of history at the arsenal

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is am amazing area to visit. Be sure to bring your ID all those entering have to show identification. Pay tribute to the fallen at the national and confederate cemetery. At the museum you can learn the history of the arsenal, dress in military clothing, and view the gun collection that covers two entire walls of the museum. Also... More 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Great day together.I don't get enough time with her as she works 2 jobs taking care of elderly people like I did for 20 yrs.

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Blue Grass, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

It is a very interesting place. My spouse is buried at the arsenal and it is very pretty there. It has alot of history.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We visited the museum and drove around touring the island. Can't believe we haven't visited this sooner. The museum was very interesting with a lot of educational history. Amazed by the gun display case. It was easy to locate as there were plenty of signs to direct us. Admission was free, but you can make a donation at a box... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Reluctantly, visiting here as our husbands wanted to visit. Was surprised to find it so interesting. Most impressed by the military cemetery...emotional.

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Elgin, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Lots of history at the rock island arsenal museum. Remember to check out the lock and dam as well. Our kids enjoyed learning about how a lock and damn work and actually seeing it in action. Small visitor center area as well that has a lot of hands on activities.

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