The Museum: FAQs


Q: What are the museum hours?
The National Firearms Museum located at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Museum is only closed on Christmas Day.

The National Sporting Arms Museum located at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The Museum is only closed on Christmas Day.


Q: Can I email the NRA Museum?
Yes, The NRA Museum can provide answers to general museum questions.  However, please note the Museum cannot provide the following services:

  • Appraisal of firearms, accoutrements or ammunition (especially by phone/fax/email)
  • Recommendations on specific dealers or collectors for the purchase/sale/trade of material
  • Requests for reports on firearms testing & evaluation, as conducted by NRA
  • Requests for research about competitive shooters, trophies or medals
  • Requests for back copies of NRA magazines
  • Expert firearm/forensic witness in any legal proceeding


Q: What's my gun worth?
The NRA does not provide firearm values. However, if you have technical questions about your gun, a Dope Bag service is available to NRA members. Send your written questions to the NRA Dope Bag at: The American Rifleman, 
11250 Waples Mill Road,
 Fairfax, VA 22030. Be sure to include your member number in the top right-hand corner and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The appropriate research will be conducted and your questions will be answered in writing.


Q: Is the National Firearms Museum accessible for visitors with disabilities?
The National Firearms Museum is accessible for guests with wheelchairs. We suggest utilizing the designated parking area on the top of our parking complex and the entrance to the museum is adjacent on that same level. We have a wheelchair available for guests on request.


Q: Can I take photographs in the museum?

Yes, as long as the photographs are for personal use. If you want to take photographs for anything other than personal use, you must get permission from the museum.

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NRA National Firearms Museum

Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Admission is Free

NRA Headquarters
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Telephone (703) 267-1600

NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops

Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Admission is Free

Bass Pro Shops
1935 S. Campbell Ave
Springfield, Missouri 65807
Telephone (417) 891-5346

Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest

Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Admission is Free

NRA Whittington Center
34025 64 West
Raton, NM 87740
Telephone (575) 445-3615