We Welcome Visitors to Rock Island Arsenal

Rock Island Arsenal

Located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River, Rock Island Arsenal was established by Act of Congress on July 11, 1862.  Today, Rock Island Arsenal is our nation's largest government owned and operated arsenal.  As the largest employer in the bi-state (Illinois and Iowa) region, the arsenal has nearly 6,000 employees working for 70 federal and commercial tenants.

During its history, Rock Island Arsenal has been responsible for the design, development, manufacture, repair, and storage of a wide variety of equipment required to support the US Army and all the joint services.  From the Spanish-American War to the Global War on Terror, the arsenal’s tradition of manufacturing excellence has supplied items such as mess equipment, paper targets, Model 1903 rifles, 105 mm and 155 mm artillery, tool sets and kits, and add-on-armor kits for the Humvee and Stryker vehicles.

Special Instructions for Bus Groups

Advanced registration is required for all bus groups visiting Rock Island Arsenal.  No advance registration is required for individuals or groups visiting by car, van, camper, or motorcycle.

All visitors must be US citizens and use the Moline (Illinois) gate to enter Rock Island Arsenal.  Bus groups that register at least two weeks in advance can be granted special event status by the Garrison Commander.  Individuals in the group will not be required to obtain an installation pass.

School Bus Groups

There is no charge.

The museum is self-guided and will take approximately 45 minutes to view the exhibits. We have a scavenger hunt available for your group to use.  A museum staff member will be present to provide a brief introduction and answer questions. One adult per 10 students is recommended.  Request your visit at least two weeks in advance of your preferred visit date.  Requests can be made by calling 309-782-5021.

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Adult Bus Groups

There is no charge.

The museum is self-guided and will take approximately 45 minutes to view the exhibits. A museum staff member will be on duty to answer questions. Request your visit at least two weeks in advance of your preferred visit date.  Requests can be made by calling 309-782-5021.

Historic Island Tours are only available to adult groups, 15 or more, who are visiting
Rock Island Arsenal on a bus. The museum does not furnish the bus. Tours are not available to groups in a van or individuals in a car.

The tour lasts approximately one hour and is led by a volunteer tour guide. The guide is picked up and dropped off at the museum. Visitors remain on the bus for the duration of the tour.

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