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NRA National Firearms Museum

Open Now: 09:30 - 05:00
Open today: 09:30 - 05:00
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Nice. Quick Stop. No activity for kids.

It is a good 1-2 hr visit. Easy to get in and out. No cost to visit. If you have kids with you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Incredible view of world history for the past 500 years - all in one place!

This is an amazing collection of many of the firearms that shaped human history over the past 500... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Small museum that highlights the long history of firearms.
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11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-7550
+1 703-267-1600
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All reviews on display gift shop gun enthusiast american history amazing collection one of a kind dirty harry two hours great history couple of hours no charge clint eastwood historical perspective free admission big game gun range take your time
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a good 1-2 hr visit. Easy to get in and out. No cost to visit. If you have kids with you, there are no specific activities for them, which you may have expected. History is nicely woven in to the exhibits.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing collection of many of the firearms that shaped human history over the past 500 years. If you are interested in small arms - hunting shotguns and rifles and military musketry through modern rifles and machine guns, this is a must-see collection....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of firearms parallels human history and it is well represented here. From the creation of gunpowder to modern sporting arms you'll see it all here. Well represented and explained. I especially enjoyed the arms of Presidents, heroes and patriots. A fascinating look at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

I'm just so daddgum mad about this "museum". They don't let you fire a single damn gun! I tried to bring in my own but they says you cain't do that neither! Hogwash. The one positive is the cafeteria serves up a mighty fine mess...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank cowconnoiseur
Reviewed 21 November 2018

One of my relatives and her partner were visiting Virginia, and they stayed with us. He is really "into" guns and weapons, in general, and we live near the NRA headquarters building so, I asked if they wanted to go to the museum, and he...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous little museum. During the weekdays they offer a free tour at 1pm that is worth it. It was almost two hours long and didn't begin to touch all the contents of the museum. The tour covers most the the highlights and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank LostPassport434
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Incredible selection of guns from earliest to most modern. Fantastic journey through history. The 'Guns of Hollywood' exhibit is the best.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank getrecoverynow
Reviewed 16 October 2018

They have thousands of firearms, some dating back to the 15th Century, including matchlocks, wheel-locks, and flintlocks all the way up to modern firearms. They have a large selection of firearms that had been in popular movies. The firearms are grouped together by type and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John L
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Too overwhelming, I will need many more visits to appreciate the variety. Firearms from the earliest examples to the latest releases.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Arthur P
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Overall I was impressed with the museum. While it is a bit confusingly laid out (we were not sure where to start and there wasn't a logical flow to the exhibits), there are some amazing exhibits here. We particularly enjoyed the Vietnam and WWII exhibits,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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4 June 2017|
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Response from MDTJ | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend calling the headquarters for best directions as it is outside of DC in Fairfax, VA and I am not sure there is a close Metro station: (703) 267-1600. They should be able to assist you best.
Daniel Y
16 January 2017|
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Response from NRA M | Property representative |
The National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA is open on MLK Day. We also have two other NRA Museums - the National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, MO is also open on MLK Day, but the Frank Brownell Museum of the... More
19 December 2016|
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Response from NRA M | Property representative |
Hi! The NRA has a shooting range on site, but please note they do not rent guns to visitors - shooters must bring their own. However, there are ranges in the surrounding area that do rent guns. We are very close to... More