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Rock Island Arsenal Museum

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Address: Bldg. 60, North Avenue just east of Gillespie, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 309 782 5021
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Security has made this a challenge to get to, but the collection is fabulous and well-displayed and interpreted.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
QCWineaux
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Rock Island, Illinois
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Rock Island, Illinois
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Security has made this a challenge to get to, but the collection is fabulous and well-displayed and interpreted.

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Longmont, Colorado
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35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum gives a lot of the history of Rock Island Arsenal, including examples of the many things manufactured there.

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Thank Anthony R
Rock Island, Illinois
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is small but holds so much history. This piece of the Land is and was a very vital part of American History beginning from the Louisiana Purchase to the present. Growing up here I knew a lot about the Arsenal but got so much more from our tour of the Clock Tower, Quarter 1 and Colonel Davenports house.

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Thank Marcus H
Moline, United States
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188 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum on the arsenal. Lots of history on gun manufacturing and lots of guns that are available for the novice and collector. Also a history of the Arsenal and manufacturing. A must see

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

This museum was awesome. We could have stay much longer than an hour. We had a 16 day road trip across america and this was one of my fav places. They had a GREAT display on the investigation at Little Bighorn. They could track rilfes and where the guy had them moved and shot from based on the firing pin... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

As a Army veteran, this is a fascinating treasure trove of artifacts and pictorial history well worth the time to explore.

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Thank Hal K
Greenwood, South Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Arsenal museum displays every gun used by the US Army since 1775. They have all or nearly all the guns used by our enemies. It is a fascinating place. You will learn a lot. I have never seen it crowded. Kids (especially boys) will love it. Mine do.

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1 Thank Donald M
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This small but well-maintained museum holds interesting artifacts and examples of not only firearms but other supplies necessary for armed conflicts. The arsenal has been making materials for men and women in the armed services for over a hundred years, everything from canteens to face masks to weapons. The exhibit also includes history about the arsenal itself -- the people... More 

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Sully, Iowa
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

They have an excellent museum with an extension firearm collection, many interpretive displays of the U.S. Army through history, and the history of the arsenal itself.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

We arrived for a tour of this facility only to be turned away, one needs two forms of ID to enter, and an Illinois driver's license is not counted as a valid form of ID. There are 5 states that do not have a security chip inserted into the license, and this was federally mandated since 2005. There were extensions... More 

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