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National Firearms Museum

Address: 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA
Phone Number: 703-267-1600
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
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Owner description: Small museum that highlights the long history of firearms.

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

One of the best collection of all kind of Rifle...Worth to see...........Rifles used in civil war, world war and also Motion pictures....

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Clifton, Virginia
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16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Absolutely, positively, stop in to see the National Rifle Associations firearms museum located off Waples Mill Rd in Fairfax, Virginia. Like stepping through a portal into several time capsules, you'll see weapons from every era of wartime to some that are popularized by television. See John Wayne's guns, some owned by Charlton Heston and even one or two owned and... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Great attraction. Very informative. Learned things about guns and rifles that in 50 years I never knew.

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Stafford, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
38 helpful votes 38 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
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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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21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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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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109 helpful votes 109 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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