Arms Museums

Museums with significant arms exhibits

Some are primarily arms museums and others have significant arms collections as part of a larger focus on artistic, cultural or technological materials.

Advance contact is recommended to confirm operating hours and any special exhibits or programs which may be available. Anyone planning to conduct research using a museum's resources needs to make advance arrangements both as a matter of courtesy, and to pre-plan to make best use of available time for both the researcher and the museum staff.

The American Society of Arms Collectors does not certify or formally recommend any museums, but these institutions have been recommended by one or more of our members as interesting or educational sites for a visit or research.

Arms Museums in the United States

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Format used:

Museum name
Sponsor or special area of the museum
Link to website
(date last updated)

National Firearms Museum
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 267-1600

American Precision Museum
196 Main St; PO box 679
Windsor VT 05089
(exhibits open late May through October)

The Autry National Center of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
(323) 667-2000

The Art Institute of Chicago
The George F. Harding, Jr. Collection of Arms and Armor
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-3642

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park (Claud E. Fuller Arms Collection) 
P.O. Box 2128
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-9241

Cody Firearms Museum
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, Wyoming 82414
(307) 578-4117
"Factory Letter" Serial number research (307) 578-4031

Colonial Williamsburg
P. O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
(757) 229-1000
(Revolutionary War Arms, & British arms 1702-1780)

Fort Ticonderoga
P.O. Box 390
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
(518) 585-2821
Christopher Fox, Curator of Collections
(Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms)

Frazier History Museum
829 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-2619
(502) 412-2280 or toll-free (866) 886-7103
(Includes wonderful exhibits from England's Royal Armouries in addition to large and first rate collection of American arms.)

J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Musuem
333 Lynn Riggs Blvd. (U.S. Route 66)
Claremore, Okla. 74018

John M. Browning Memorial Museum
Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60
Rock Island, IL 61201
(American military Arms)

Maine State Museum
State House Station 83
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 289-2301
(Collection of American Firearms expanded on Leister Collection- NOT on display)

Metropolitan Museum of Art
5th Avenue at 82nd Street
New York City. NY 10028
(212) 879-5500
(High Art Arms & Armor)

Milwaukee Public Museum Library (Nunnemacher Collection)
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478
(414) 278-2736

Morristown National Historic Park
30 Washington Place
Morristown, NJ 07960-4299
(908) 766-8215
(Revolutionary War Arms)

Museum of the Fur Trade
6321 Highway 20
Chadron, NE 69337
(308) 432-3843
(Indian Trade Arms)

National Firearms Museum
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 267-1600

National Infantry Museum
Bldg 396- Baltzelll Avenue
Fort Benning, GA 31905
(706) 545-2958
(American Military Arms)

The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution)
14th Street and Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20560

(202) 633-3950
(Division of Military History and Diplomacy- American & European Arms)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
2503 4th Avenue
Canyon, Texas 79015

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60
Rock Island, IL 61299-5000
(309) 782-5021

Saint Louis Art Musuem
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110-1380
(314) 721.0072
(Arms and Armor gallery)

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01105-1299
(413) 734-6477 (office)
Visit the Springfield Armory Cyber Museum on line at
(American Military Arms)

Texas Military Forces Museum
Camp Mabry – Austin, Texas
2200 West 35th Street, Building 6
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 782-5659

U.S. Army Museum SystemSee the link for dozens of other museums in the Army system and their locations and links to their websites.  The list is arranged by state.
(Most army museums feature arms as part of their collections, ranging from individual weapons to armored vehicles.)

U.S. Army Ordnance Museum
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
(U.S. Military Arms and Ordnance- NOTE: The main museum is closed and in process of moving to Fort Lee, VA, but the outdoor exhibit of many tanks is still available.  Visitor pass required for entry on post.)

U.S. Cavalry Museum
Box 9232
Fort Riley, KS
(785) 239-2737

National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172
(U.S. Marine Corps arms, equipment and history)

U.S. Naval Academy Museum
118 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21402-5034
(410) 293-2108
(Naval history and arms)

Valley Forge National Historic Park
1400 North Outerline Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 783-10000
(George Neuman Revolutionary War Arms Collection)

Virginia Military Institute Museum
Henry M. Stewart Arms Collection
415 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 464-7334

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, 21201
(410) 547- 9000
(Prehistoric to 19th Century arms)

West Point Museum
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996

Worcester Art Museum (home of part of the former Higgins Armory Museum)
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury St
Worcester, MA 01609