• Rock Island Arsenal Museum - Rock Island, Illinois

      Roadtrip Attraction
      Created in 1905, The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the second oldest Army museum in the US. The free museum features movies and exhibits about Arsenal Island's history, including the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi, The confederate prison on the island during the Civil War, many military items on made at the Arsenal, and more than 1,000 firearms from around the world. A Memorial Park located a block away features American and foreign tanks from WWII to Iraq.

      Photo by Michael Roth

      If you go:
      The Arsenal is an active military facility. Visitors are required to show ID upon arrival, and foreign tourists should make contact with security at least one week before visiting.


      Building 60
      North Avenue
      Rock Island Arsenal
      Rock Island, Illinois 61299 USA

      Mailing address:
      Rock Island Arsenal Museum
      Rock Island, IL 61299-5000 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Museum Information
      +1 (309) 782-5021

      Gift Shop
      +1 (309) 782-3507

      Rock Island Arsenal Security
      +1 (309) 782-0484