Have you ever wondered why the M16 came to be the United States military's standard service rifle instead of some other gun? Or wanted to learn how American sporting rifles evolved from a cottage industry to rivaling the most storied European manufacturers?
NRA Museums houses one of the world's most impressive collections of firearms across three captivating museums, displaying thousands of rare, beautiful firearms with a special emphasis on firearms, freedom, and the American experience.
Examine the nearly 700-year history of firearms at the NRA National Firearms Museum, trace the development of hunting and conservation with the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops, and follow the evolution of the American Southwest from the earliest Native Americans through the Old West in the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest.
Each museum has its own unique focus on history and firearms that is bound to fascinate. But don't just take our word for it.
The museums' TripAdvisor pages are filled glowing praise from satisfied visitors. Check them out here and here.
So if you ever find yourself in southern Missouri, northern New Mexico, or the Washington D.C. area (and want to check out the #1-rated thing to do in Fairfax, Virginia), swing by one of the outstanding NRA Museums locations. We guarantee you'll learn something new and have a great time doing it.