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 the military 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.

1 Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60
Rock Island, IL 61299-5000

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday
noon - 4:00 p.m.

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

Contact Us

Museum - General Inquiries
309-782-5021

Museum Director
309-782-3518

Curator of Collections
309-782-5182

Registrar
309-782-2843

Bus Group Visits/Tours
309-782-2843