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“Comprehensive on Handguns, Rifles, but not Interactive”

NRA National Firearms Museum
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Small museum that highlights the long history of firearms.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Comprehensive on Handguns, Rifles, but not Interactive”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

If you have an interest in firearms, or are interested in being educated about them, this is the place for you. They have everything here. You get to follow development trends. Rifles and pistols predominate.

Treatment of cannons is unsatisfactory. One display regarding an autocannon does not give an accurate portrayal of this class of weapon. Museum should focus on its core collection and avoid cannons as outside the scope of the museum.

Not much action here. A traditional "glass case" approach. Still, if handguns interest you, it is worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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Leesport, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great museum to visit”
Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in on our way home and was amazed by the amount of guns they had on display. If you are deciding to stop bring your guns and ammo and use their indoor shooting range

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New York
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Large collection of firearms”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is the largest collection of firearms found in a museum. The firearms you will see range from muskets from the American Revolution through what is available today. Some firearms you see were donated and on loan to the NRA. It is amazing to see some of the most rare firearms as well as those that were used in wars this country was involved in. The displays and the museum are nicely decorated, especially the Petersen and Teddy Roosevelt room. After you are done, there is a small store across the lobby. There you can find many firearm books, DVDs, clothing and other items. Before you enter the museum, you may want to leave your bag in your vehicle as they may have you check it at the security area or they may inspect it.

Visited March 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“great collection. . .but needs to be curated better”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is a small museum located in the NRA building. We accidentally went to the wrong tower, and a woman on the intercom directed us to the other tower and buzzed us in. We were a little surprised that you would have to be buzzed into a museum, but it is the NRA. There is no charge.

It is a very small museum, with mostly decorative firearms. They do discuss the history of guns, but it is not a very clear path. . .and they could really do better with the display signs. There are a few interactive displays, but not enough.

We went on a Saturday and it was VERY crowded, so it made it harder to see the exhibits. If you are in the area and interested in guns, it's definitely worth a look! I just wish there was more information for those who aren't as knowledgeable about guns!

Visited March 2013
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Farmington, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Must visit if in the area”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

I am not much of gun buff, but I found the Firearms Museum very interesting. It is located on the ground floor of the NRA headquarters. My 14 year old son and I where looking for something to do while waiting to head into DC for a Nationals game, and we ran across the Museum. It is laid out beautifully and provides a great history lesson as well. Their is no cost to enter or park. They also have an interesting gift shop on site where I bought lots of goodies for family and friends. I highly recommend it for a very interesting hour or two. We both very much enjoyed it.

Visited August 2012
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