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This is not a list of every museum that has a few guns on display.
These are locations that have significant exhibits that will appeal
to arms collectors and should be considered for inclusion in your travel
plans if possible.
(U.S. locations listed by state, followed by foreign museums)
Rock Island Arsenal-
John M. Browning Small Arms Museum. Exceptionally complete collection
of issue and oddball U.S. Military arms. Notebooks in front of displays
with detailed notes to satisfy your thirst for added info.
County Historical Society- Along with the typical local
history museum, they feature the Walter A. Jones Collection of Ancient
Weapons. There are nearly 850 weapons on display. In addition, uniforms
from the Civil War to the present day, as well as miscellaneous items
brought back to La Porte County by war veterans round out this permanent
exhibit at the museum. La Porte County Complex 809 State Street La Porte,
Indiana 46350-3329 (219) 326-6808 ext. 276. NOTE- THey wil be moving in
2006 to a new facility so check current location.
Museum of Historical Arms- THE FINEST ARMS MUSEUM IN THE
This is a MUST SEE that the entire family will enjoy. Exceptionaly well
done with superb exhibits, innovative presentations and a memorable learning
experience focused on arms in the context of their use in world events.
Third floor exhibits by the Royal Armouries, Leeds, England are especially
well done. 829 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202-2619 (502) 412-2280
Fort Walton Beach (Hurlburt
Field) U.S. Air Force Air Weapons Museum- Comprehensive examples of aviation
armament as specific topic, rather than being an unseen part of an aircraft.
Extensive but unfocused small arms collection there is poorly displayed
and can be skipped to spend time on the main attractions.
Pensacola- (Naval Air
Station)- Naval Aviation Museum. Limited arms content but overall scope
of U.S. Naval aviation makes it an interesting visit. Civil War Ft. Barrancas
Aberdeen- U.S. Army Ordnance Museum (Aberdeen Proving Grounds)-
Best place in the world for the study of armored vehicles and artillery,
with excellent small arms collection as well. Much of the large items
are sadly deteriorating in the weather, and the small arms were mostly
"deactivated" by idiot bureaucrats, but still well worth the
Armory National Historic Site - Mecca for U.S. martial
arms collectors with superb exhibits of virtually every important small
arm. Videos especially well done. Small selection of new and changing
exhibits justify repeat visits (if you need an excuse). Private tours
of off limits storage areas occasionally available by prior arraignment
for a fee. Web site includes schedule of special
events; tours of the collection not on display; some manufacturing
dates & serial number info; on line info about many collection
items and archives
Chadron- Museum of the Fur Trade. Focus is on the North American
continent prior to 1850, with an amazingly comprehensive collection of
artifacts, including arms, and an extensive research library.
New York City- Metropolitan Museum of Art has an outstanding
collection and exhibit of mostly very antique arms and armor, sure to
impress even the non-collector.
West Point- U.S. Military
Academy Museum. Well done exhibits of some especially historic arms, both
U.S. and those of enemies. Captured cannons all over.
Claremore (30 min E of Tulsa)- J.M.
Davis Arms and Historical Museum run by the State of Oklahoma, and
with a collection as diverse as the people and culture it represents.
(The Will Rogers museum is also located in Claremore, and the
Oklahoma City- National
Cowboy and Wester Heritage Musuem, 1700 NE 63rd Oklahoma City, OK
73111 Phone: 405-478-2250 Fax: 405-478-4714 http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
Huge, and exceptinally well done collections not only of guns, but also
western art, with
and Sailors National Military Museum and Memorial 4141 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412)-621-4253 www.soldiersandsailorshall.org.- Wonderful
sampling of Civil War relics plus nice U.S. Military small arms collection.
Fort Pitt nearby and well worth the visit, also Ft. Ligonier to understand
the importance of this frontier area in the French and Indian War.
Valley Forge Military Park-
Finest collection of Revolutionary War arms anywhere, thanks to a generous
donor who acquired them when researching for his respected books on that
Ogden - John M. Browning Firearms Collection at the Union Station
Museum. The Utah genius' handmade prototypes of many of the most successful
firearms designs in history. Trains, cars, geology and other huge exhibits
for any non-gun collectors in the family.
Fairfax- National Firearms Museum (NRA Headquarters Building)-
Superbly presented collection that will appeal to the whole family, as
well as the specialist. Top rate changing exhibits (currently "Real
Guns of Reel Heroes"). Excellent cafeteria in adjacent building.
Quantico- U.S. Marine
Corps Air-Ground Museum. Covers full range of USMC arms with emphasis
on the "air ground team" which evolved from World War Two. (closed
in winter months)
Hampton- Fort Monroe
Casemate Museum- although emphasis is on the Civil War, good coverage
of coast defense for the artillery enthusiast.
Cody- Buffalo Bill Historical
Center- probably the finest firearms museum in the world with fantastic
exhibits of western art, natural history, and Indian artifacts as well.
Located 70 miles east of Yellowstone, and the scenic drive alone is worth
the trip. Plan on a full day here, maybe longer. Access through Yellowstone
to Cody is cut off in winter months.
Fort Bridger - Historic
fur trade rendezvous site (and mountain man camp reenactment every Labor
Day weekend) and later a stop for wagon trains and an Army fort. Great
family visit but arms collection is marginal for inclusion in this list.
Foreign Arms Museums
UK- Premier collection of historic arms in the UK, including the study
collection from the Tower of London. Truly a King's collection!