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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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Wow, wow, just... Wow

One of the best firearms collections in the world no joke. If you like your guns and find yourself anywhere near Fairfax do yourself and favor and stop in to see it. I went with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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English first
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104 reviews 104 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

One of the best firearms collections in the world no joke. If you like your guns and find yourself anywhere near Fairfax do yourself and favor and stop in to see it. I went with a few friends who know collectable guns better than I but I also found it fascinating - especially the oldest of the guns those medieval... More 

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FAIRFAX
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

First, this museum is free. And there is free parking in the rear. You can take an elevator or walk up stairs to the second floor. A person is behind a counter there to answer any questions. There is also a shop on the second floor.. The rooms of the museum are all on this second floor and are extremely... More 

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Springfield
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The National Firearms Museum contains an outstanding and very extensive collection of historic firearms and memorabilia. It is a great place for family visits. The staff is nationally recognized for their expertise. Very much worth a visit -- or more than one!

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Chicago, Illinois
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128 reviews 128 reviews
54 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I was visiting my fiance (who lives in Chantilly) and one afternoon, we had a few hours to kill, so we decided to drop by here. It was really interesting and cool to see all these historical firearms. The info provided was also very thorough. I'm not a huge fan of guns, but I thought it was pretty interesting, because... More 

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Limestone, Tennessee
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67 reviews 67 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

This is the place to go. The collection is extensive, the displays are interesting and well presented. There are items there that are interesting but not so special and others that are one-of-a-kind. It's not so huge that you'll need walking shoes. If anything, the museum could use more interactive displays. The gift shop across the lobby (this is the... More 

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We were in the area and decided to go because it's free. None in our group are gun enthusiasts but we can appreciate the variety and artistry of firearms. We were all extremely impressed by the collection. We spent about an hour and a half there and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It really is great, even for non gun lovers.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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364 reviews 364 reviews
135 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

See the history of the firearm from handcannons to the modern weapons, both civilian and military in this well laid out liberals nightmare..

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Columbus, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The collection of firearms is incredible. The most amazing thing was all of my kids, who had shown zero interest in firearms to date, were enthralled with the collection. They actually spent time reading the display cards. My kids were dragging me around the museum, and I was the one who finally had to end our visit.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a really good museum if you are into firearms, particularly American firearms. Goes back to the revolutionary period. Lots of beautiful 19th and early 20th century pistols and rifles that were "presentation" items and truly works of art in their own right.

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Washington DC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a self guided museum. Lots of things to see. There is plenty to read. Wish that they had tours as it may be a little more interesting. There are some really good and neat guns to see. The kids enjoyed it

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