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NRA National Firearms Museum

11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-7550
+1 703-267-1600
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Free - the most extensive collection of firearms I have ever seen. From the earliest to present day... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dale C
Sheffield Lake, Ohio
You have to see this!

This was our first stop when our plane landed in DC. The museum is free, but donations are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alison B
Orlando, Florida, United States
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11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-7550
+1 703-267-1600
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Free - the most extensive collection of firearms I have ever seen. From the earliest to present day weapons. Many historical pieces. Well worth a visit.

Thank Dale C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first stop when our plane landed in DC. The museum is free, but donations are welcome. You can tour it on your own, or join the daily guided tour. People were friendly, and there are cool items in the gift shop. I...More

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here at the end of a road trip, the museum is in the NRA office building so if it is your first time here you may wonder if you are in the right place at first. As you get closer you will see...More

Thank Marie F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hosting several collections and continuous exhibits changing, this place is a feast for the eyes and the spirit of any American. Exquisite guns of all ages and places, history, pride, even an entire shooting gallery complete with moving targets and carnival music! Only as exhibit,...More

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were on our way to D.C. when we saw signs for the museum. We thought that would be a neat spot to stop on our way back home from our week in the city. It sure did stick in our minds and we stopped....More

Thank sandcmom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am not really a gun person but my son is so I decided to stop when we were in the area. What a great museum! Located on the ground level of the NRA headquarters, the museum is small but very well laid out. The...More

Thank Michele P
Reviewed 11 April 2017

You can spend a lot more than one day viewing the exhibits. I am no longer a member because of their politics but the amount of detail paid to each of the exhibits teaches you aboutories the weapons' characteristics as well as their histories

Thank Bernieb69
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Being a NRA Life Member this was a must see for me. Just an amazing collection of firearms. Super knowledgeable old dudes walking around giving friendly insight into the weapons. Fantastic gift shop with a superb book selection. There is even a range in the...More

Thank Jay P
Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you are interest in guns and gun history this is fantastic place to visit. The amount of weapons and interesting stories behind some of them are a wonderful (and free) learning experience. Plan on spend a couple hours to really see everything.

Thank MoJoJo1960
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Much bigger than we expected and more fun/informative than I would have thought. So much history here. Favorite galleries were the steampunk gallery and the Hollywood gallery, where they have the actual firearms used in 120 different Hollywood films. Great place!

Thank MDTJ
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Daniel Y
Area you open on MLK day
16 January 2017|
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Response from Megan E | Property representative |
The National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA is open on MLK Day. We also have two other NRA Museums - the National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, MO is also open on MLK Day, but the Frank Brownell Museum of the... More
I live in the UK and would love to visit the museum. Are there possibilities to shoot in the area as well? What else is there to do in the area to make say a weeks trip from the UK more attractive to my non shooting wife?
19 December 2016|
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Response from Megan E | Property representative |
Hi! The NRA has a shooting range on site, but please note they do not rent guns to visitors - shooters must bring their own. However, there are ranges in the surrounding area that do rent guns. We are very close to... More
Michael S
Am I allowed to open carry in the museum ?
21 May 2016|
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Response from Megan E | Property representative |
Yes, you may open carry in the museum. You may also conceal carry in the museum as long as it is legal for you to do so in the state of Virginia.