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National Firearms Museum

11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA
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Ranked #1 of 17 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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English first
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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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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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 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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Dublin VA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The breadth of this exhibit is amazing. How much time you want to spend here depends on how interested you are in the details of guns. It's interesting to see the progression in design over the past several centuries. Many of these weapons were more interesting as works of art than as guns, they're that beautiful. There are also some... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Ok, so I'm a woman who doesn't get excited about guns, but for one afternoon while on vacation, I figured I'd indulge my husband and 14-year-old. I have to admit I did some grumbling when I heard the plan to go to this museum but I was pleasantly surprised by the collections. I never realized how many types of guns... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Let me start by saying I am not an NRA member. I visited this museum purely out of curiosity, despite its location inside NRA headquarters. I was surprised the the content. Each firearm has been carefully documented and described for the viewer. There are collections themed around historic events, famous people, movies, and literature. There are things to be learned... More

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Claremont, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went with a gun nut. I myself like guns but thought this may be overkill. It was not. This is a very classy museum with interesting displays depicting the history of guns. Also some amazing famous gun collections. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Not just traditional firearms. These are works of art. We were there 1.5 hours. Could have stayed a little longer... More

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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72 reviews 72 reviews
42 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A very thought out and well laid out museum. Allow at least 2 to 3 hours to visit if you are into firearms. This museum presents the history of firearms. take time to view the engravings & artwork on the various firearms. Look at the presentations through the eyes of history. This museum does not glorify firearms, it tells the... More

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