Accessing Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation. All visitors must enter through the Moline, Illinois Gate. Visitors 18 years old or older who do not have an approved Department of Defense ID must obtain a visitor pass at the Moline Gate Visitor Center, open Monday through Friday from 6AM to 6PM and Saturday and Sunday from 7AM to 6PM.
To obtain a pass:
1. Present a valid state identification card, driver’s license, or valid US Passport. (Please call ahead if your ID was issued by Minnesota, Missouri, or Washington State, as a second form of identification may be necessary).
2. Complete a favorable criminal background check completed at the Visitor Control Center.
All vehicles and persons are subject to search and privately owned weapons are not allowed.
Foreign Nationals are not allowed access unless visiting Rock Island Arsenal for official business.
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum has a fascinating history dating back to 1905.
The Museum’s own story of how it came to be and the wartime challenges it encountered serve as a reminder of how important the Museum is to Arsenal Island and the surrounding Quad Cities community.
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum’s Core Exhibits explore the history of Rock Island and the Arsenal from 1805 to the present. Visitors will discover the impact that Rock Island Arsenal has had on National Defense and the contributions of the Quad Cities to the U.S. Military. This story is told through more than 250 artifacts, hundreds of photos, and digital and physical interactives.
In June 2023 the Museum reopened after an extensive renovation project that focuses on the work, people, and impact of Rock Island Arsenal.
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the U.S. Army’s second oldest museum. Explore its early history and the artifacts that make it a regional and national destination.
SCHEDULE A TOUR
Scheduling is not required for museum visitors, but a visitor’s pass is required. Learn more here.
Advanced scheduling is required for all bus or school groups. There is no cost to visit the museum.
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 a visitor’s pass, but all visitors over 18 will need to present a valid, government-issued, photo ID such as a state-issued driver’s license.
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum collects and interprets artifacts related to Rock Island Arsenal. The museum has a robust collection featuring items made at the Arsenal and items related to the Island’s past. With such a focused scope of collections, the museum is very selective about which artifact donations it accepts.
We would be happy to consult with you if you are interested in making an artifact donation.
Museum Resource Center
If you’re interested in utilizing the Museum Resource Center or have a question about our collections, please contact us below.