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If you are a gun buff, a must see

I really liked this. They had a little of so much. But lots of guns. It is free so a bonus... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Jill D
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Saint Louis
Very Interesting Visit

If you do not have a military ID, it is a bit more challenging to get in. You have to enter through... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
sg8887
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

I couldn't get to see the Arsenal or Museum last year. I had Illinois drivers license that was not accepted at the gate by the Gatekeeper, but this year was sent to a Visitor Center for a special pass that is good for a year of admittance. All that I had to do was show in DL, fill out a form and get a picture taken for inclusion to present at the gate. After admittance to the Arsenal, the rest of the visit was interesting, informative, and fun.

We passed the National Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery, then a display of heavy artillery, to find the entrance to the museum on the back side of the old stone armory buildings. The museum is free to visit, and besides the walls of guns, and cannons there were informative exhibits of the arsenal's history, family life at the arsenal and the manufacturing methods that were used from the time without electricity to operate the manufacturing machinery. There is a small theater to view 6 different videos of the facility showcasing it's history, varied functions of the arsenal, and methods.

Down the road from the museum is another Visitor Center at Lock and Dam 15 on the Mississippi River. I was fortunate enough to arrive as a tow boat and barges heading through and seeing how they get through the lock was great fun.

I am glad that I have a year long pass to come back again, as 4 hours wasn't enough time.

Thank TNAllison
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed this museum. I am into military things not guns per se. Interesting how they remfg the M14 for use in IRAQ
Several historic military and local history displays. You must get a pass to enter RI

Thank Kevin F
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

One could spend days here looking and researching all of the weapons the have on display

They even provide research binders for visitors to lookup additional information on each piece.

Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

If you are a gun enthusiast, then this is the place for you. Interesting collection, with firearms from all corners of the globe. I wish there was a better way to research everything of what I was looking at. Nearly overwhelming.

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Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

I really would like to visit this place, but you're only allowed when you've a US id. So as a European, I'm not allowed. A pity.

4  Thank Marcel d
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