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Rock Island Arsenal

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Address: Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: +1 309-782-1121
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest...

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest government-owned arsenal is located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River.

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Military arms on display. PSP

Getting to see the museum is not difficult but it is time consuming. You must enter at the Moline gate. The process can take 10 minutes per person but during business hours there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Charles W
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Milan, Illinois
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Milan, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Getting to see the museum is not difficult but it is time consuming. You must enter at the Moline gate. The process can take 10 minutes per person but during business hours there may be a line. A picture ID is required. Once on the arsenal you will find the museum very interesting if you have any interest in the... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I have bought a golf pass at the Arsenal for the last 5 years it is a great place to play golf and the employees are just great. The have a great deal on the golf pass this year get there early and sign up cost goes up a little after first of year not not wait.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

There is not much here but really so much to see... especially if you walk. The grounds are beautiful, the history/buildings are regal and the cemetery will leave you in awe. The sacrifices of so many and so close to visit. A mini Arlington in our own backyard

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I am a descendant of General Thomas Rodman and needed to visit the Rock Island Arsenal to see his gravestone, monument, and three of his cannons. I did not realize we hit the island on Columbus Day and several facilities were closed, but it is still a great visit. I had researched the history of the island, the Army history,... More 

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Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Boated through here on long round-trip river cruise with friends. Stayed at Sunset Marina (solid harbor but no other facilities) at southern end of Rock Island Arsenal. The Rock Island Lock was the finest of the dozen we passed through because its small boat lock was still open (all other auxiliary locks closed after Labor Day). . Wandered along the... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Though small it packs in a lot of history in interesting displays and film. If you have an interest in firearms and different types you will be pleasantly surprised at the size of their collection. It also contains restrooms and a gift shop. The best part is entrance... More 

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Thank dingaling12016
Solon, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

It was difficult getting on the island. Could not find the building for security clearance. That was a hassle and no one was really helpful on how to do this.

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Whitehall, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Never had heard of this place--found it in a visitor's center booklet. The only entrance open is the Moline entrance. You need to fill out a short form, show ID, and have officer run a quick background search to be granted a visitor's pass. Process went quickly. Visited the Rock Island Arsenal Museum and Lock 15. Husband loved the comprehensive... More 

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North Henderson, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is a very precious place. Our military is represented here. Praise be to God. It is very serene. Everyone makes you feel welcome.

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Longmont, Colorado
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I didn't know about the Rock Island Arsenal ahead of my trip. After seeing it, I would plan a stay in the area just for this highlight. It is a military facility that dates to the Civil War. You can tour a National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery, Colonel Davenport's house, an outdoor museum, an indoor museum, and the river locks. I... More 

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