Rock Island Arsenal Museum

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Rock Island Arsenal Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the Army’s second oldest museum. It first opened to the public on July 4, 1905. The museum tells the story of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island from the establishment of Fort Armstrong in 1816 to today. Among the museum's highlights is its firearms collection. Consisting of more than 1200 military and civilian firearms, the collection is one of the most unique in the country. Visitors can see a wall-gun from the American Revolution, rifles from the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer’s last stand, and experiment firearms from Rock Island Arsenal’s Rodman Laboratories. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from Noon to 4:00pm
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Aris L
31 contributions
Excellent day for military enthusiasts
Mar 2020 • Solo
Unbelievable amounts of guns! Any gun and military enthusiast would enjoy their time here! The amount of information on all the weaponry there is very extensive
Written February 29, 2020
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Navigate390239
Amboy, IL3 contributions
Interesting memorabilia
May 2019
My grandson and I really enjoyed the military history offered here! The variety of firearms was great!
Written January 19, 2020
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Chapzap
Rock Island, IL51 contributions
Guns, guns, and guns!
Aug 2019
The Arsenal itself is worth the trip to visit with its historic feel. Quarters One, the Lock and Dam, and the Davenport House. However, the museum does a great job of capturing the history of this place. The walls of guns made here will make any gun enthusiast salivate. My favorite was the .50 pistol designed for horse Calvary. Unfortunately, the gun when fired would knock the firer off his own horse!
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Written September 8, 2019
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rthornton3
Rock Island, IL46 contributions
Great place for kids to learn history.
Jul 2019
I learned a lot about our history and the people who made it. It was great and the place Is a must place tp see.
Written August 18, 2019
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Johnamcfadden
Decatur, IL54 contributions
Great for the gun enthusiast
Aug 2019 • Family
Lots to see. We stopped because it was raining and this is in a great spot. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. 1000s of weapons and great information about what was created at Rock island. It’s all free too.
Written August 9, 2019
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jandsminerals
Brown Deer, WI167 contributions
Unbelievable collection of weapons...
Jul 2019
On of the volunteers, John, at the museum gave us a personal tour of some of the most interesting firearms in the museum before he let us explore on our own. I have never seen so m any firearms in one place before. There were also wonderful historical displays of historical uniforms and a great room for kids to try on uniforms from throughout history civil war to present. What a great photo op for parents. There are lots of things to keep the kids occupied during the visit from an overview movie to scavenger hunt sheets for different age groups. This museum is well worth the hour or so needed to see it's displays.
Written August 3, 2019
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ulrod
Pacific Grove, CA84 contributions
Many fascinating things to see
Aug 2018 • Family
First, let me say that a visitor needs to stop by the visitor's center to get a pass onto the Rock Island (RI) Arsenal Army base. RI has a long history, going back into the early 1800s. It served as a union prison and later as a manufacturer of weapons. Things to see: confederate cemetery, union cemetary, weapons museum (where you'll see many weapons produced at the RI Arsenal and one of IBM's original machines - a punch time clock, built when IBM was still known as Computing, Tabulating, Recording Co), a castle-like General's house, and many outdoor displayed weapons produced at RI like artillery pieces. Nearby is a visitors center at a Mississippi river Lock and Dam. It is co-located on the island and is easy to access and watch as the barges pass through the locks. One could easily spend an entire day seeing everything at the RI Arsenal.
Written July 28, 2019
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Cary M
Honolulu, HI484 contributions
A museum that covers wars and weapons the United States have been involved with.
Jul 2019
Interesting to see the evolution of the various types of weapons used by the US military. I totally enjoyed this museum. If you’ve served in the military or just interested in weapons this museum will be worth visiting. There is so much history on this island. It sits on the Mississippi River and the military shipped weapons up and down the river. Once a strategic location. .
Written July 17, 2019
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neilcA6418XY
1 contribution
Access for non americans
Jun 2019 • Friends
Don’t bother to make the attempt to visit if you are a foreigner unless you have a green card. No other forms of identification are accepted. Very disappointed not to be able to access the Mississippi visitor centre and other items of interest. Was told that it had been policy for 2 years by staff at reception centre? This info. should be on the web site in Capitals.
Written June 20, 2019
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Catherine M
Belle Glade, FL45 contributions
The history of the Rock Is;and Arsenal visualized
Jul 2018 • Family
The museum contains pictures and artifacts from the 150+ years that the arsenal has been serving the US military. They have an awesome collection of guns and firearms dating back to before the Revolutionary war.
Written June 15, 2019
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Rock Island Arsenal Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM