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NRA National Firearms Museum

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Address: 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-7550
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+1 703-267-1600
9:30 am - 5:00 am
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Small museum that highlights the long history of firearms.

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What a great find

We were on our way to D.C. when we saw signs for the museum. We thought that would be a neat spot to stop on our way back home from our week in the city. It sure did stick in our... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Boone, North Carolina
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Boone, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were on our way to D.C. when we saw signs for the museum. We thought that would be a neat spot to stop on our way back home from our week in the city. It sure did stick in our minds and we stopped. SO glad we did. It was free and had free parking. They had thousands of... More 

Thank sandcmom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I am not really a gun person but my son is so I decided to stop when we were in the area. What a great museum! Located on the ground level of the NRA headquarters, the museum is small but very well laid out. The exhibits are well done including guns from around the world, throughout history and a Hollywood... More 

Thank Michele P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can spend a lot more than one day viewing the exhibits. I am no longer a member because of their politics but the amount of detail paid to each of the exhibits teaches you aboutories the weapons' characteristics as well as their histories

Thank Bernieb69
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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

Being a NRA Life Member this was a must see for me. Just an amazing collection of firearms. Super knowledgeable old dudes walking around giving friendly insight into the weapons. Fantastic gift shop with a superb book selection. There is even a range in the basement.

Thank Jay P
McLean, Virginia
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26 reviews
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

If you are interest in guns and gun history this is fantastic place to visit. The amount of weapons and interesting stories behind some of them are a wonderful (and free) learning experience. Plan on spend a couple hours to really see everything.

Thank MoJoJo1960
Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed March 12, 2017 via mobile

Much bigger than we expected and more fun/informative than I would have thought. So much history here. Favorite galleries were the steampunk gallery and the Hollywood gallery, where they have the actual firearms used in 120 different Hollywood films. Great place!

Thank MDTJ
Washington, DC
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Reviewed March 11, 2017

Visited the museum with a couple of friends who wanted to visit it. I lived in Fairfax County for a very long time, but never had a prior interest to visit. But I'm glad I did. It was much more than i was expecting. The gun collection is amazing and I like how they are the layout with a nod... More 

Thank CodyDC
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Reviewed March 10, 2017

Title aside, this museum isn't too painful even if you're not terribly interested in firearms. I've visited twice, and they have a incredible collection of historic and novelty firearms and some interesting exhibits of the evolution of firearms. Keep an eye out for the "vampire slayer" gun, it's my favorite part! The museum takes around 45 minutes, and parking at... More 

Thank Browniesgirl
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

Lots of historical information with plenty to see. They also have a small gift shop as well which is cool.

Thank Elizabeth N
Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed February 1, 2017

Easy access. good range. Parking very easy. Friendly staff. Different than other attractions in the area.

Thank Fred G

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