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National Firearms Museum

11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: Small museum that highlights the long history of firearms.
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Stafford, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The museum houses collections of all types of firearms. Some of these firearms are older than our country. There are guns from all of our wars, guns from the Civil War, guns used in motion pictures, guns "that won the west", and guns from private collections used for hunting and target shooting. All of them are in beautiful condition. There... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visited this museum twice in August to escort visitors. This museum offers really interesting lessons on the history of firearms in general and their role in the US in particular. You do not repeat not have to be a firearms "buff" to appreciate and enjoy this museum. In addition, to displays of both ancient and modern firearms, the museum offers... More

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Fairfax, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The museum is in the NRA building which presupposes a political bias. However, it is very well laid out and showcases the development of firearms and the sometimes ingenious ways they are made.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I shoot all the time at the NRA range, and decided to take in the museum one day. What a great museum! Even if you are not into firearms, this is a great slice of American History as well as the history of firearms. Must be nearly 2000 weapons with a lot of "back story" of how they came to... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Lots of cool and surprising firearms - in form, purpose, and variety. The only downside is that you can't test fire them. It takes about 90 minutes to really look at everything.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Wow, it is free! Great history lesson even for non-gun lovers. My husband was over the top happy. You really should try to put it on your list to see while in DC. It will have you appreciate what men have done through the years of war and times of peace.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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245 reviews 245 reviews
108 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We are staying at the Crowne Plaza near Dulles airport and this museum is only a few miles south. The displays cover a wide variety of firearms from the discovery of gunpowder and some beautiful "hand cannons" from the very early days through modern firearm development. The use of dioramas help tell the stories of flintlock gunmaking, shooting galleries, WW-I... More

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108 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

We took our grandson here because he loves to study about guns. He got to see all types of pistols and rifles in a single place. It's free to get in and it only takes about an hour or two to see.

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Seaford, Delaware
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94 reviews 94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Free... about 2000 guns most of which are rare, highly collectible firearms from history and modern times. Many prototypes and one offs too. Nice displays that put many of the firearms in context as to their role in history. Nice display of military guns in progression from revolutionary war to Iraq... Many near priceless guns that are works of art.... More

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Springfield, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The NRA museum is located in Fairfax and is FREE. If you like guns or if you are interested in American history (they are connected), check this out. There are guns from the revolutionary war up through modern weapons. Weapons used in movies, full size models of a WWI trench fighting scene...another of WWII. Much more here than you would... More

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