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Rock Island Arsenal

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Address: Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 309-782-1121
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest...

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest government-owned arsenal is located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River.

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The Arsenal museum

The museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Though small it packs in a lot of history in interesting displays and film. If you have an interest in firearms and different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
dingaling12016
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Rock Island, Illinois
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Rock Island, Illinois
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Though small it packs in a lot of history in interesting displays and film. If you have an interest in firearms and different types you will be pleasantly surprised at the size of their collection. It also contains restrooms and a gift shop. The best part is entrance... More 

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Solon, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was difficult getting on the island. Could not find the building for security clearance. That was a hassle and no one was really helpful on how to do this.

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Whitehall, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Never had heard of this place--found it in a visitor's center booklet. The only entrance open is the Moline entrance. You need to fill out a short form, show ID, and have officer run a quick background search to be granted a visitor's pass. Process went quickly. Visited the Rock Island Arsenal Museum and Lock 15. Husband loved the comprehensive... More 

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North Henderson, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very precious place. Our military is represented here. Praise be to God. It is very serene. Everyone makes you feel welcome.

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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

I didn't know about the Rock Island Arsenal ahead of my trip. After seeing it, I would plan a stay in the area just for this highlight. It is a military facility that dates to the Civil War. You can tour a National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery, Colonel Davenport's house, an outdoor museum, an indoor museum, and the river locks. I... More 

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Moline, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Lots of history on this island. There is an old Yet active military cemetery. There is a Confederate cemetery from The confederate POW camp that was there during the Civil War. Engineer tower that has viewing of Eagles. The lock an dam is there with a display and viewing of them dam system. Colonel Davenport house is there for tour... More 

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Brandon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

When in the Rock Island, Illinois, it's worth the stop to check out some of our U.S. military ordanance history past and present. Great for the whole family. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated, and helps keep their doors open.

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Thank Randy W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I visit the Arsenal from time to time to visit historical sites and eagle watching. On the Arsenal you can visit the Davenport home and the largest Confederate cemetery north of the Mason Dixon line. In addition to that it has a fantastic museum, although I have heard that they are shipping items out. During the winter they offer clock... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Have visited Rock Island several times and each time learned more of its rich history. The bridge and river locks, cemetery's and historic building are sites to see.

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1 Thank Hal K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The Rock Island Arsenal Lock & Dam system is a great place to take grandchildren and to see barges lock through if you have never seen something like this before. My wife and I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, including the locks system in France leading out of Paris to Normandy. While those are terrific they don't compare to the... More 

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