Fairfax, Virginia: National Firearms Museum
- 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA
- NRA Headquarters. I-66 exit 57-A onto US 50 east toward Fairfax. At the first traffic light turn left onto Waples Mill Rd. Go through one traffic light, around a bend, and the blue and white NRA headquarters building will be on your right. The Museum is on the ground floor of the south tower.
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- Worth a Detour
Self-described "crown jewel of firearms museums in the world" is loaded for bear, criminals, and storm troopers. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [07/20/2008]
NRA National Firearms Museum: We recently visited the gift shop at the NRA National Firearms Museum, which claims to stock over 500 gun publications, more than any other store in the U.S., and, therefore, most likely, the world. [07/20/2008] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About National Firearms Museum
The NRA Museum has just opened a new, permanent gallery displaying the guns of Robert Peterson, former publisher of Guns and Ammo magazine, and the first person to kill a polar bear with a .44 Magnum. The collection includes ten full-size Gatling guns; a "vampire gun" with silver bullets carved to look like Dracula; and a gun engraved with the Presidential Seal, intended for President John F. Kennedy, who was killed by a gun before he could receive it.
Peterson thought about opening his own gun museum, but died (of cancer) before he could get around to it. He did open the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 10/28/2010]
I have been to the NRA's National Firearms Museum numerous times. I find the layout of the room to be very educational and informational. One room is made up to be FDR's sitting room, complete with the rifle over the fireplace. In another you will find actual firearms used during our fight for freedom from the British. There is an old-time carnival shooting gallery that works, and nearby, a boy's bedroom decked out with a cowboy theme. I found it neat to see the same bedspread design on the bed as I had as a child. There are many, many themes of interest, too many to list. One of the more interesting themes is the revolving display. For a period of time, they will feature themes such as "Guns of Hollywood" or many other themes. These themes are on display for a limited period of time.
This museum is done very nicely and in a respectable manner. At no point does anyone or anything ask you to join the NRA. There are no guides to hawk or bother you, just a well laid out presentation of our history as a country.[Steve, 03/10/2009]