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Varnum Armory Museum

6 Main St, East Greenwich, RI 02818-3827
+1 401-884-4110
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Great place. So much history. Lots to see. Artifacts from Revolutionary War and through to World... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dottie V
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Hidden Gem

Totally amazing collection of artifacts and weaponry from the Revolutionary War up to the Second... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
celia b
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The Varnum Armory Museum includes representative examples of weaponry, uniforms and artifacts dating from colonial America and through the 20th century. Among the more unusual items: a functioning 1883 Gatling gun, a Civil War era James Conversion six-pound rifled cannon, and a collection of more than 600 American and foreign patriotic and propaganda posters from World Wars I and II. Visitors can view a variety of militaria including vintage sabers, flags and banners, a rare Revolutionary War leather helmet worn by a Rhode Island artillery officer at the Battle of Long Island and firearms ranging from colonial flintlock pistols and muskets (including a British carbine captured at the Battle of Saratoga) down to automatic weapons from World Wars I and II. Among the latter is a German Maxim machine gun and a Browning water-cooled .30 caliber machine gun, both from WWI. The museum's unique displays offer scholars, students and history buffs a visible timeline of the evolution of weaponry and related materials, both American and foreign.
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2 days ago
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1 week ago
“Hidden Gem”
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
6 Main St, East Greenwich, RI 02818-3827
+1 401-884-4110
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place. So much history. Lots to see. Artifacts from Revolutionary War and through to World War 2. I will need to visit again to really see it all.

Thank Dottie V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Totally amazing collection of artifacts and weaponry from the Revolutionary War up to the Second World War .All superbly presented and displayed.It is a fascinating experience which includes a human interest element for many of the items on display .For example a jacket worn by...More

Thank celia b
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Just the most incredible few hours, I have ever spent looking a historic artifacts. A must see if you are able.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed August 11, 2016

Attending a lovely wedding in this grand structure was an opportunity to enjoy oneself but also to appreciate the past. The Armory had its military purpose in the past and now stands as a grand western sentinel for the charming town's main street.

Thank DaisyDiva07
Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is one of the best military arms museums around. They have many rare weapons from all United States conflicts. The only thing to keep in mind is that the museum is open by appointment only so you have to reserve your tour in advance...More

2  Thank DTrimmer
Reviewed July 24, 2015

Really nice collection of military and naval artifacts from 16th century to current times. Beautiful building.

Thank cairns700
Reviewed June 1, 2015

they hold a lot of auctions in this location but it is old,but the inside has a nice old fashioned look. It is not like it is a special building exept for the fact it has seen a lot of history.If you like old you...More

Thank Barry N
Reviewed April 27, 2015

Feel transported in time : from original newspapers announcing Lincoln's assassination to a plethora of civil war, WW1 and WW2 memorabilia from our local troops and abroad. Definitely worth the detour if you're a history fanatic

1  Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed October 16, 2012

A trully historical, educational local attraction. A fine piece of history right in our own backyard.

1  Thank Jason B
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