Rock Island Arsenal Museum


The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the Army’s second oldest museum. It first opened to the public on July 4,1905. The primary mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island. By focusing on “People, Processes, and Products,” the exhibits tell the story of the people involved in Arsenal Island’s history, the manufacturing processes used at Rock Island Arsenal, and themilitary equipment that was produced at Rock Island Arsenal.

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is nationally recognized for its large and impressive small arms collection.Over twelve hundred U.S., foreign, civilian, and military small arms are on permanent display.

Visiting the Museum

Admission Free


Monday Closed —
Tuesday 1200–1600
Wednesday 1200–1600
Thursday 1200–1600
Friday 1200–1600
Saturday 1200 —1600
Sunday Closed —

Closed all Federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve

1 Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60
3500 North Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61299

Access for non-government employees (i.e. post visitors ) is permitted and open to the public via obtaining a Visitor Pass at the Moline Gate Visitor Center

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