The Rock Island Arsenal and Other Nearby Museums

Many tourists who are vacationing in the state of Illinois will make a trip to the city of Rock Island, as this city is home to a few interesting museums, and one of them is the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. A visit to this arsenal museum will give you a better insight into the history of weapons-manufacturing in the US. Other notable museums in the city provide excellent accounts of other aspects of the history of Rock Island as well as world natural history. BBOnline recommends that you visit these wonderful museums when you are in Rock Island.

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Building 60 Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309) 782-5021

Rock Island is home to the largest government-owned facility for weapons-manufacturing in the US. Its history of military equipment production is represented in the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. This museum was established in the year 1905, and it is regarded as the second oldest US military museum in the country. As you tour the museum, you will find an extensive collection of products that were manufactured by the Rock Island Arsenal, ranging from machine guns and artillery to paracrate and mess equipment, as well as other exhibits that reveal Rock Island's unique history. There is also an impressive collection of small arms, which include rare and historically-significant weapons such as the Model 1903 rifle serial no. 1, M1 Garand rifle serial no. 2, several Sioux and Cheyenne weapons used during the Battle of Little Bighorn, and one of the few Rappahannock Forge wall guns that are in existence today.

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To get to the museum from your Rock Island Bed and Breakfast, you have to drive to the northern part of the city first. Get on 24th Street and drive all the way to the small island where the Rock Island Arsenal is located. Turn right at Rodman Avenue, and you will soon see the museum on your right.

Hauberg Museum
1510 46th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309) 788-9536

The Hauberg Museum is part of the Black Hawk State Historic Site, and it offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans who resided in the Rock Island area in the past. Some of the interesting exhibits that are featured in the museum include replicas of Sauk summer and winter houses, life-size figures depicting the activities of Sauk and Meskwaki people in the 18th and 19th centuries, trade goods, domestic items and jewelry. It is recommended that you visit these and other attractions at the historic site before you head back to your Rock Island Inn.

Fryxell Geology Museum
Swenson Hall of Geosciences
Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309) 794-7318

The Fryxell Geology Museum is known as one of the finest geology museums in the Midwest. Since its founding in the 1880s, the museum's collection has grown to include more than 1,500 specimens of rocks, minerals and fossils. Notable exhibits include an old fossil that dates back to 2 billion year ago, complete skeletons of Tylosaurus sea serpent and Cryolophosaurus, and skulls of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Parasaurolophus, Apatosaurus, Ankylosaurus and Allosaurus. Admission to the Fryxell Geology Museum is free.