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“Foiled again by the GOv.”

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Rock Island
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

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 outstanding. All you need to do is figure our how to get there. My drive through Moline was a gut wrencher. Once inside, you follow Rodman drive right back to where the old entrance was at the old iron bridge. Plain foolishness.......... Count me out for any more visits

Thank Henry H
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 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 returned this year after our marriage and with her green card and she had no problem getting on base. Clearances are issued for one year.

Thank Malachi
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

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
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Reviewed 8 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
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Reviewed 9 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 the Rock Island Arsenal, the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. It has manufactured military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s. It also is nationally recognized for its small-arms collection with more than 1,200 small arms on permanent display. Among the most significant items include serial number 1 of the Model 1903 rifle, serial number 2 of the M1 Garand rifle, four weapons that have been positively proven to have been used by the Sioux or Cheyenne at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, two of the five Rappahannock Forge wall guns known to exist, and serial number GO1 of the General Officers M15 pistol. Also on display are an Atomic Cannon, 155 mm howitzer, 105 mm howitzer, 106 mm recoilless rifle with 50 caliber spotting rifle and a Sherman medium tank with battle damage fro the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Bad news: In April, it was announced that more than 3,000 artifacts will be moved from Rock Island to an Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama, as part of an effort to account for hundreds of thousands of artifacts at dozens of Army museums across the country. The museum is located in Building 60 at the Rock Island Arsenal, a 946-acre property on Arsenal Island in the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. Since Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation, all visitors must enter through the Moline, Illinois, gate, and obtain a visitor pass at the Visitor Control Center.

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