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National Firearms Museum

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Address: 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA
Phone Number: 703-267-1600
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: Small museum that highlights the long history of firearms.

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History and Progress Come Together

If you enjoy shooting sports or enjoy the history of weapons development, this is a must see. There is so much to see that one should hope to make a couple of visits to the museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy shooting sports or enjoy the history of weapons development, this is a must see. There is so much to see that one should hope to make a couple of visits to the museum.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Didn't quite know what to expect when walking through the door but well worth a visit of your time if you are in the area and it is FREE! There were lots of guns on display with historical facts dating back from the 17th century through to the present and included the use of weapons to support movie making. For... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Whether you're at student looking for a leg-up on that next History term paper, Scouts working on your Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge, or just an American with a deep love for their country wanting to get a first-hand look at a rich slice of our story, put this place on your must-visit list. The admission is free, and... More 

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Morganton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My 5th or 6th visit to the museum and it amazes me each and every time. There is so much to see, so hard to see and absorb everything in one visit. In addition, there are new exhibits added that make each visit a totally new experience. Some exhibits are always changing, like the movie guns, something different every time... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Pleasant surprise lots if hardware worth a detour but the place is not that big. One hour max is probably it unless you are into lots of firearms collecting and history cost is free and parking is free

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SanAntonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

My family loves guns, making ammo and shooting. Seeing this awesome collection was amazing. We learned a lot about the development of firearms from the very early days until modern times. Very informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Our family loved it. There was something for everyone. The youngest in our party is 9 and he got a little bored before the end until the words Gift Shop were uttered. They had a really nice Gift Shop, loved the book section.

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Timberville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

When you go be sure to follow the signs to go into the right tower.. Once there you will be amazed by the Guns and the history of them.. We spent almost 3 hours in there.. Go and enjoy ur self . We sure did👌

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is a good museum with TONS of guns. The enterance is good, nice descriptions of the fire arms, but about half way thru, the stop with the descriptions and just give you computer monitors to look up the info. They display hundreds of guns, but no descriptions. I tried to use the computers and they all did not work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I don't think that you can find this kind of collection any where of just a single exhibit. I took my two sons ( 9 & 11), both really enjoyed the entire museum. Location was really easy since we were staying in Fairfax. You cannot beat free.

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