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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
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+1 309-782-5021
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 16:00

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Great Civil War collection

This museum showcases the history of the Arsenal and the armaments it has produced over the years. Its a working Army Command, so security is tight and requires a background... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wheatland, CA
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Ankeny, Iowa
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having been to the R.I. Visitors center many times including when the gate was just 50 feet off the old iron bridge.Then it was moved about a quarter of a mile further, the NEW entrance in Moline is a tourists headache. The tourists info center at the lock and dam is nice and the view of a barge locking is... More 

Thank Henry H
Wheatland, CA
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum showcases the history of the Arsenal and the armaments it has produced over the years. Its a working Army Command, so security is tight and requires a background check and residency in the US. My Vietnamese wife could not enter when we first visited last year before our marriage because she was traveling on a tourist visa. We... More 

Thank Malachi
Moline, Illinois
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A museum specializing in military arms and the arsenal's history. They have a superb collection of historical rifles - too many to absorb in one visit.

Thank Allyson A
Fairfax, Iowa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 December 2016

A great way to increase your knowledge of the Civil War and what part the Rock Island Arsenal played during that time period.

Thank corvettefan2016
Chicago, Illinois
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2,756 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,769 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

For historians, especially gun-lovers, a stroll through the Rock Island Arsenal Museum is like dying and going to heaven. Opened to the public in 1905, it is the second oldest U.S. Army museum, next to the West Point Museum that opened in 1857 at the U.S. Military Academy. Its primary mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of... More 

3 Thank Taylor B
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is an historic installation. The museum is great and the outdoor exhibits of artillery, rockets, transporters etc. is really informative.

Thank USAFret
Rock Island, Illinois
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We are local but decided to do some back yard vacation ideas. It is a little harder to get on the island now than it was before but this little gem is worth the stop. Not huge but takes about 30 mins to look through it.

1 Thank Emily B
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96 reviews
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

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

Thank pamelacQ8394KB
Lindenhurst, Illinois
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122 reviews
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 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 

1 Thank RandR J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

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 

2 Thank margaret o

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