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Must enter the Arsenal through the Moline gate with a valid driver's license.  For more details, see below.  During the Pioneer Day celebration on June 17, guests will only need a valid driver's license for ID.  Simply tell the guard you are going to the Davenport House.

Located on Rock Island Arsenal right along the mighty Mississippi River rests the restored and furnished 1833 home of George Davenport, the first white settler in the area and one of the City of Davenport’s founding fathers. Guided tours of this home will reveal facts about Quad Cities' history and the tragic ending of Colonel Davenport.


New, interactive hands-on displays in the reconstructed East Wing of the house feature stories and historical highlights about the home and people that lived there. The Colonel Davenport House will be open every day during Museum Week from 12-4 p.m. for guided tours. Admission: Active Military and kids 12 and under free; $6 adults; $4 seniors.

JUNE 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pioneer Day There will be an encampment of fur trader re-enactors, the Buckskinners' Rendezvous, with pioneer portrayers demonstrating hatchet and knife throwing. Craft demonstrators, such as woodworking, basket weaving, quilting and rope making will show off their skills. Both kids and adults are invited to participate in a nature hunt, Turkey in the Straw, face painting and checkers! Admission: Active Military and kids under 12 are free; $10.00 adults and $8 seniors.

How to Visit Rock Island Arsenal

Visitors are welcome at Rock Island Arsenal. A visitor pass is required to enter Rock Island Arsenal.

Visitors must complete a favorable criminal background check before entry.

All first-time visitors must present a valid state identification card, driver’s license or valid U.S. Passport.

Foreign Nationals are not allowed access unless visiting for Official Business.

All first-time visitors must process through the Moline Gate Visitor Center.

Visitors arriving outside of Visitor Center hours will be assisted at the Moline Gate.

Visitors with a pass may use any gate.

Moline Gate Visitor Center Hours


Monday through Friday (6:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

Saturday and Sunday (7:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

Rock Island Arsenal is a Department of Defense and US Army facility. All vehicles and persons are subject to search and privately owned weapons are not allowed.

To contact the Visitor Center, call (309)782-0485, (309)782-0484 or (309)782-1337 or email at usarmy.ria.imcom.mbx.usag-access-request@mail.mil.

scheduleMonday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
location_onDavenport Drive, Rock Island
descriptionAbout Colonel Davenport House
Colonel Davenport, the first postmaster and namesake of Davenport, IA, designed this beautiful historic home on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Colonel Davenport House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a circa 1833 structure and was considered a mansion of its time.  On your guided tour, see artifacts representative of the early to mid-1800s which reflect the lifestyle of the Davenport family such as furniture, draperies, dishes, floor coverings, decorations and ornamentations.  

Learn about the lives of these early settlers and their prosperous life on the river.  The house is open for tours from May to October, Wednesday to Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Admission: $6 adults; $4 seniors; Children 12 and under and active military are free.  The house and grounds are staffed and maintained by the all-volunteer, non-profit Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation.

Directions: Use Davenport Drive from Rodman Ave. to get to the house, located on the North side of the Island. All visitors must use the Moline, Illinois gate to access Arsenal Island. A U.S. photo ID is needed for persons 16 years and older. See map at www.davenporthouse.org