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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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One could be here for hours. There is so much to see and take in and the site is interesting as well

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One could be here for hours. There is so much to see and take in and the site is interesting as well

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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Go onto the base through the Moline Gate. You'll need to process through the visitor's center, make sure you read the display board add you walk in. You will lose at least 15 minutes being processed in. The museum has a great history, amazing variety of arms, and friendly staff. Spend some time going around the base to the other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My son took me to see the museum which he has visited many times as he is based there. I am not a exactly fascinated with hand guns, but I found this collection(which if I recall correctly, is the largest in the US) to be very interesting and very well done. There were also examples of all of the different... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went there expecting to see how they made munitions. They don't make munitions, they make recoil mechanisms and gear to transport big guns. The museum had some places where it felt like they were preserving items just to say they had a museum, for instance, hey had a desk from the production floor of when they made other items.... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

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 August 12, 2016

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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69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 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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69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 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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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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354 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 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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