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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

Small museum that highlights the long history of firearms.

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An interesting way to spend a few hours

A great collection of firearms. Even those not particularly interested in firearms can enjoy this exhibit. Weapons from olden days to modern times on display. Very well done.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Clif-Lorraine H
Oakton, Virginia
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Oakton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

A great collection of firearms. Even those not particularly interested in firearms can enjoy this exhibit. Weapons from olden days to modern times on display. Very well done.

Thank Clif-Lorraine H
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Stopped by the NRA headquarters this morning and spent several hours exploring the museum. It was the most amazing collection of fine firearms I have ever seen. From the earliest to the most modern experimental guns. If you like fine firearms or famous firearms from history, you must see this collection. Admission is free and the museum is located in... More 

Thank Garypl
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

My husband asked me to accompany him to this museum. I did but was not excited. I had such an amazing time...! He had finished seeing everything and I was still in the front lobby!! He insisted that I see Teddy Roosevelt's desk!! My Goodness !! What a fun day together !! It's easy to get to and well worth... More 

Thank kristi r
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

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.

Thank Joe E
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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 

Thank Rayboltus
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 

Thank Mark G
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 

Thank bpguy10
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

Thank jdreynoldsjr
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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.

Thank ShootingGirl
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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.

Thank Marcy K

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