CARING FOR ANTIQUE ARMAMENT

Air Force Armament Museum
100 Museum Drive
Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542-1497
(904) 882-4062
FAX (904) 882-3990
Collection includes armaments, gun vault, and related items; exhibits.

The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Mailing address: PO Box 2599, San Antonio, TX 78299
(210) 225-1391
FAX (210) 229-1343
Collection includes rifles, pistols, cannon, knives, spurs and related items; exhibits; educational programs.

American Historical Foundation Museum
1142 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 353-1812
FAX (804) 353-0689
Collection includes militaria, military knives and bayonets; library; exhibits; educational programs.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)
1717 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 452-9545
FAX (202) 452-9328
E-mail: info@aic-faic.org
Provides referrals for conservators.

American Military Heritage Foundation Museum
PO Box 29061
1215 S Franklin Road
Indianapolis, IN 46229
(317) 335-2889
Dedicated to preserving, in flying condition, vintage military aircraft.

American Military Museum
40 Pinckney Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Mailing address: PO Box 31351, Charleston, SC 29417
(803) 723-9620
Collection includes weapons and related items; exhibits.

American Police Center and Museum
1717 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 431-0005
FAX (312) 939-1122
Collection includes weapons and other police artifacts; library; educational programs; exhibits.

American Society of Arms Collectors
Membership by Invitation Only
Advanced arms collectors, researchers, authors & museum directors interested in antique arms and weapons.

American Society of Military History Military Museum
1918 North Rosemead Boulevard
South El Monte California
(626) 442-1776
Fax (626) 443-1776
The goal of the society is to preserve and restore examples of American military equipment. They have exhibits from all branches of the US armed forces, Army, Navy, Marines and the Air Force.

Antietam National Battlefield - Visitor Center
PO Box 158
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
(301) 432-5124
FAX (301) 432-4590
Collection includes Civil War weapons and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Armor & Arms Club
c/o R.L. Wilson
PO Box 430
Hadlyme, CT 06439
(203) 526-9350
Interest in ancient arms and armor.

Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park
US 27 South, PO Box 2128
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-9241
Collection includes Civil War relics and the Fuller gun collection of American military shoulder arms; library.

Cleveland Police Historical Society, Inc. and Museum
1300 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113-1600
(216) 623-5055
FAX (216) 623-5145
Collection includes Cleveland Police Department artifacts from 1866 to the present including firearms; programs.

Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown & Yorktown
Colonial Parkway, PO Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690
(804) 898-3400
FAX (804) 898-3400
Collection includes 17th and 18th century arms and artifacts; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Columbus Chapel, Boal Mansion Museum
Business Route 322, PO Box 116
Boalsburg, PA 16827
(814) 466-6210
Collection includes weapons from colonial period to WWI and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

The Company of Military Historians
Headquarters and Museum
North Main Street
Westbrook, CT 06498
(203) 399-9460
FAX (203) 399-9320
Military collection from 1775 to the present; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Confederate Museum
Alexander Street, PO Box 283
Crawfordville, GA 30631
(706) 456-2221
Collection includes Civil War arms and memorabilia; exhibits.

Confederate Museum
929 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-4522
FAX (504) 523-8595
Collection includes Civil War weapons and related items; exhibits.

Cowpens National Battlefield
PO Box 308
Chesnee, SC 29323
(864) 461-2828
FAX (864)461-7077
Collection includes Revolutionary War period weapons and records.

Crockett County Museum
Courthouse Annex
404 Eleventh Street, PO Box 1444
Ozona, TX 76943
(915) 392-2837
FAX (915) 392-2865
Collection includes guns and early pioneer items; library; educational programs.

Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum
110 West Main Street, PO Box 187
Logan, KS 67646
(913) 689-4846
FAX (913) 689-4833
Collection includes guns, coins and Oriental art; exhibits.

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
1052 Banning Boulevard
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 548-7509
FAX (310) 548-2946
Collection includes Civil War firearms and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

The Exchange Hotel
400 South Main Street, PO Box 542
Gordonsville, VA 22942
(540) 832-2944
Collection includes Civil War weapons and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Favell Museum of Western Art and Indian Artifacts
125 West Main Street, PO Box 165
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 882-9996
Collection includes mini firearms and guns; exhibits; educational programs.

Fort Bliss Museum
ATSA-MM, Pleasonton & Sheridan Roads
Fort Bliss, TX 79916-5300
(915) 568-4518
FAX (915) 568-6941
Military and civilian firearms and related items; library; exhibits.

Fort Davis National Historic Site
Highway 17-118, PO Box 1456
Fort Davis, TX 79734
(915) 426-3224
FAX (915) 426-3122
Late 19th century military and civilian weapons and related items; library; exhibits.

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site & Peithmann Museum
1350 State Route 155
Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277
(618) 284-7230
Weapons and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, MD 21711
(301) 842-2155
FAX (301) 842-0028
Early firearms and Civil War rifles and related items; exhibits.

Fort George G. Meade Museum
4674 Griffin Avenue, ANME-OPM
Fort Meade, MD 20755-5094
(410) 677-6966/7054
FAX (410) 677-2953
Weapons and equipment from the Revolutionary War to the present; library; exhibits.

Fort Gibson Historic Site
110 East Ash, Highway 80, PO Box 457
Fort Gibson, OK 74437
(918) 478-2669
Weapons and related items; exhibits.

Fort Harker Museum
309 West Ohio Street
Kanopolis, KS 67454
Mailing address: PO Box 177, Ellsworth, KS 67439
(913) 472-5733
Guns and memorabilia from 1870 to the present; exhibits.

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park
RR1, Box 37
Burwell, NE 68823
(308) 346-4715
Firearms and military guns; exhibits.

Fort Kearney Museum
131 South Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 234-5200
Pioneer arms and related items; exhibits.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site
PO Box 86
Fort Laramie, WY 82212
(307) 837-2221
FAX (307) 837-2120
Collection includes 19th century small arms and weapons and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Fort Lewis Military Museum
Building 4320
Fort Lewis, WA 98433-5000
Mailing address: PO Box 331001, Fort Lewis, WA 98433-1001
(206) 967-7206
Collection includes historical military artifacts of the Northwest from Lewis & Clark to the present (includes weapons); exhibits.

Fort MacArthur Museum
3601 South Gaffey Street at Battery Osgood-Farley, PO Box 268
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-2631
Fax (310) 548-7478
Collection includes artillery and military items; exhibits.

Fort Morgan Museum
51 Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(334) 540-7125
FAX (334) 540-7665
Weapons from the Civil War to the present; exhibits.

Fort Ontario State Historical Site
One East 74th Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Mailing address: One 4th Street, Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 343-4711
FAX (315) 343-1430
Collection includes firearms and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Fort Pike State Commemorative Area
Route 6, Box 194
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 662-5703
Armaments from 1812-1865 and related items; exhibits.

Fort Sam Houston Museum
1207 Stanley Road, MCGA-PTM-M
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-5002
(512) 221-1886
FAX (210) 221-1311
Collection includes weapons from 1835 to the present and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Fort Sill Museum
437 Quanah Road
Fort Sill, OK 73503-5100
(405) 351-5123
Army field artillery, military ordnance and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Fort Stanwix National Monument
112 East Park Street
Rome, NY 13440
(315) 336-2090
FAX (315) 339-3966
Arms and accoutrements from the French War, Indian War and American Revolutionary War; library; exhibits.

Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Road, PO Box 390
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
(518) 585-2821
FAX (518) 585-2210
18th century guns and swords; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Fort Verde State Historic Park
125 East Holloman, PO Box 397
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(520) 567-3275
FAX (520) 567-4036
Guns from 1871-1890 and related items; library; exhibits.

Gathland State Park
c/o South Mountain Recreation Area
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
(301) 791-4767
FAX (301) 791-0962
Collection includes Civil War guns.

Gen. Douglas L. McBride Museum
New Mexico Military Institute
101 West College Boulevard
Roswell, NM 88201-8107
(505) 624-8820
FAX (505) 624-8107
Collection includes Civil War to the present small weapons and related items; library; exhibits.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
2332 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
(910) 288-1776
FAX (910) 282-2296
Collection includes Revolutionary War weapons and related objects; library; exhibits.

Harold B. Simpson Confederate Research Center & Audie L. Murphy Gun Museum
PO Box 619
Hillsboro, TX 76645
(817) 582-2555
FAX (817) 582-5740
Collection includes Civil War guns and related items; library; exhibits.

Higgins Armory Museum
100 Barber Avenue
Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-6015
FAX (508) 852-7697
Collection includes ancient, medieval and renaissance arms, armor and related material culture; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Historic Fort Stockton
300 East Third
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
(915) 336-2400
Collection includes historic weapons and related items; library; educational programs.

Houston Police Museum
17000 Aldine Westfield Road
Houston, TX 79914-4767
(713) 230-2361
FAX (713) 230-2314
Collection includes police artifacts from 1841 to the present including weapons; library; educational programs; exhibits.

International Association of Museums of Arms and Military History (IAMAM)
Musée d'Armes de Liège
Quai de Maestricht 8
B-4000 Liège
Belgium
(32 4) 221-9417
Information on armaments and related items.

International Blade Collectors
c/o Krause Publications
700 East State Street
Iola, WI 54945
(715) 445-2214
FAX (715) 445-4087
Information and study of cutlery, particularly knives and swords.

Japanese Sword Society of the United States
c/o Dr. T.C. Ford
Box 712
Breckenridge, TX 76024
(817) 559-5532
Study the preservation and history of Japanese samurai swords and related areas; library.

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum
333 North Lynn Riggs Boulevard, PO Box 966
Claremore, OK 74018
(918) 341-5707
FAX (918) 341-5771
Collection includes firearms, swords and knives, and related items; library; educational programs.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 427-4686
FAX (770) 427-1760
Collection includes Civil War weapons and uniforms; library.

Medal of Honor Museum
400 Georgia Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 267-1737
FAX (423) 226-7771
Collection includes weapons from 1776 to the present; photo archives; exhibits.

Military Museum of Southern New England
125 Park Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 790-9277
FAX (203) 790-0420
Collection includes weapons and other related items; restoration of military vehicles and weapons; exhibits.

Military Police Corps Museum
Building 3182
Fort McClellan, AL 36205
(205) 848-3522
FAX (205) 848-6691
Collection includes military police corps weapons and memorabilia; library; exhibits.

Miniature Arms Collectors and Makers Society
c/o William Adrian
22W071 Stratford Court
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(800) 847-6788
Collecting, making, promoting knowledge, studying, preserving, and disseminating information on miniature arms collecting and making.

Miracle of America Museum Inc
58176 Highway 93
Polson, MT 59860
(406) 883-6804
Collection includes Civil War to the present guns and militaria; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Moores Creek National Battlefield
200 Moores Creek Drive, PO Box 69
Currie, NC 28435
(910) 283-5591
FAX (910) 283-5351
Collection includes weapons and related items; library; exhibits.

Morristown National Historical Park
Washington Place
Morristown, NJ 07960
(201) 539-2016
FAX (201) 539-8361
Collection includes 18th century military weapons and equipment; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Museum of Southern History
2740 FM 359, PO Box 179
Richmond, TX 77406
(713) 342-8787
Collection includes Civil War period weapons and related artifacts; library; exhibits.

National Firearms Museum
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 267-1600
FAX (703) 267-3913
Collection includes antique and modern firearms; library; exhibits.

National Infantry Museum
US Army Infantry Center
Building 396, Baltzell Avenue
Fort Benning, GA 31905-5593
(706) 545-6762
FAX (706) 545-5158
Collection includes weapons, collection of firearms including experimental US items, and other related items; library; exhibitions.

National Park Service
Division of Conservation
Harpers Ferry Center
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6139
Collection includes weapons and related items at various holding across the US.

The Navy Museum
Washington Navy Yard
901 M Street, SE
Washington, DC 20374-5060
(202) 433-4882
FAX (202) 433-8200
Collection includes 19th-20th century weapons and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Northwest Token Kai
PO Box 1271
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(206) 675-8429
Study of the preservation and history of Japanese samurai swords and related areas.

Old Guard Museum
Building 249, Sheridan Avenue
Fort Myer, VA 22211
(703) 696-6670/4168
Collection includes military weapons, uniforms, and related items from 1784 to the present; library; exhibits.

Old Stone House Museum
22 Chestnut Street
Windsor, NY 13865
(607) 655-1443/1491
Collection includes Civil War weapons and related items; library; exhibits.

Presidio Museum
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 2, Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
Mailing address: Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-4331
FAX (415) 556-1399
Collection includes 18th - 20th century weaponry and related items; library; exhibits.

Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden
Building 201, Fort Worden State Park
200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-3295
Collection includes military rifle collection from 26 countries and related items; library; exhibits.

Remington Firearms Museum & Country Store
14 Hoefler Avenue, Box 179
Ilion, NY 13357
(315) 895-3200
FAX (315) 895-3237
Collection includes Remington firearms and artifacts from the 1820s to the present; exhibits.

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Rock Island Arsenal, SIORICFM
Rock Island, IL 61299-5000
(309) 782-5021
FAX (309) 782-1111
Collection includes weapons and equipment.

Rockwell Museum
111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830-2694
(607) 937-5386
FAX (607) 974-4536
Collection includes firearms; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Rosehill Cemetery and Civil War Museum
5800 North Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60660
(312) 561-5940
FAX (312) 989-2194
Collection includes firearms, infantry weaponry, artillery cannon and related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Heritage Museum
John W. Foote VC Armoury
200 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L1
Canada
(905) 528-2945
Preservation, interpretation and acquisition of civilian and military artifacts of the area.

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
505 West Washington Street, PO Box 27
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
(315) 646-3634
Collection includes weapons and related items from the War of 1812; library; exhibits; educational programs.

Saunders Memorial Museum
113-15 East Madison Street
Berryville, AR 72616
(501) 423-2563
Collection includes guns; exhibits.

Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Department of the History of Science and Technology
Division of Armed Forces History
AHB 4013, MRC 620
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 357-1883
Large collection of firearms; information on care.

Society of American Bayonet Collectors
PO Box 234
East Islip, NY 11730-0234
Study, collection and preservation of antique and modern bayonets and related accoutrements.

Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum
1315 Chestnut Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-4550
FAX (314) 622-4237
Collection includes weapons and related items; exhibits.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01105-1299
(413) 734-8551
FAX (413) 747-8062
Collection includes military small arms, Springfield firearms from 1790-1969 including experimental and prototypes, Civil War rifle-muskets, hand guns, machine guns, and related items; library education center; exhibits.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum
Fort Fisher Park
Interstate 35 & the Brazos River
Waco, TX 76702
(817) 750-8631
FAX (817) 750-8629
Collection includes Texas Ranger firearms and memorabilia; library; exhibits.

3rd Calvary Museum
Building 2160, AFZC-DT-MM
Fort Carson, CO 80913-5000
(719) 526-3674
FAX (719) 526-3674
Collection includes weapons and related items from 1846 to the present; library; exhibits.

US Army Center of Military History - Museum Division
1099 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3402
(202) 761-5373
FAX (202) 761-5444
Large military collection; exhibits; educational programs.

US Army Ordnance Museum
c/o US Army Ordnance Center & School
Aberdeen, MD 21005
(410) 278-3602/3696
FAX (410) 278-7473
Collection include ordnance equipment from many countries and wars, small arms from the 16th century to the present and related items; library; exhibits.

US Army Quartermaster Museum
Attn: ATSM-QMG-M
Fort Lee, VA 23801-5120
(804) 734-4203
FAX (804) 734-4359
Collection includes weapons and related items; exhibits.

US Army Signal Corps and Fort Gordon Museum
Building 36305
Fort Gordon, GA 30905-5293
(706) 791-2818/3856
FAX (706) 791-6069
Collection includes weapons, swords and other related items; library; exhibits; educational programs.

US Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum
2014 Anderson Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134
(703) 784-2606
FAX (703) 784-5856
Collection includes weapons and related items; exhibits.

US Marine Corps Museum
Marine Corps Historical Center
Washington Navy Yard, Building 58
901 M Street, SE
Washington, DC 20374-5040
(202) 433-3534/2484
FAX (202) 433-7265
Collection includes weapons and related items; library; exhibits.

Varnum Memorial Armory & Military Museum
6 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
(401) 884-4110
Collection includes armament and military artifacts from the 16th-20th centuries.

Virginia War Museum
9285 Warwick Boulevard, Huntington Park
Newport News, VA 23607
(757) 247-8523
FAX (757) 247-8627
Collection includes weapons and related items from 1776 to the present; library; exhibits.

Warren Rifles Confederate Museum
95 Chester Street, PO Box 1304
Front Royal, VA 22630
(703) 636-6982
Collection includes War between the States relics - guns, uniforms, swords, and other related items; library; exhibits.

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
84 Liberty Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
Mailing address: PO Box 1783, Newburgh, NY 12551-1476
(914) 562-1195
Collection includes firearms of the American Revolutionary War and related items; archives; exhibits; educational programs.

Watervliet Arsenal Museum
Watervliet Arsenal, Route 32
Watervliet, NY 12189-4050
(518) 266-5805
FAX (518) 266-5011
Collection includes military materials and equipment from the 1700s to the present; library; exhibits.

Winchester Arms Collectors Association
PO Box 6754
Great Falls, MT 59406
(406) 771-4948
Education and interest in Winchester arms.

Woolaroc Museum
State Highway 123, Route 3, Box 2100
Bartlesville, OK 74003
(918) 336-0307
FAX (918) 336-0084
Collection includes guns and related items; exhibitions; educational programs.

INTERNET RESOURCES:

Antique & Collectable Firearms & Militaria Headquarters
Appraisals, classic and modern firearms, accessories, edged weapons, militaria, books, related items.

Antique Firearm Network
Information on antique and vintage firearms.

AntiqueGuns.com
Antique firearms, swords and collectibles.

Arms & Armor Inc.
Medieval arms and armor.

Cartridge Identificaiton Bibliography
Citations for cartridge identification.

Collector Online Club Directory
Directory of clubs related to antiques and collectibles.

Cutlery Reference Books
Citations for knives and swords.

US Army Museum Directory
Directory of US Army museums.

REFERENCES:

American Association of Museums. The Official Museum Directory, (updated annually), R.R. Bowker Publishers.

American Association of State and Local History. Management of Firearms Collections, 1981, AASLH.

Encyclopedia of Associations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.

Encyclopedia of International Organizations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.

Encyclopedia of Regional, State, and Local Organizations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian. Selected Bibliography on Firearms, January 1998, Smithsonian Institution: Collections of Armed Forces History and Public Inquiry Mail Service.

Harding, David, ed. Weapons: An International Encyclopedia From 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D.  New York: St. Martin's, 1980.

White, Philip R. Care and Preservation of Firearms, CCI Technical Bulletin 16, 1995, Canadian Conservation Institute.

This list is not all-inclusive. You may also want to look in you local phone book, or contact the nearest armed forces base museum or academy, or the nearest battlefield or fort.

The Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), gives no endorsements for any products, materials or services mentioned in this pamphlet and is not responsible for problems from their use or misuse. MCI does not make any warranty, expressed or implied; does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information of process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. If any organizations or pertinent information has been inadvertently excluded please contact MCI.

Compiled by: Ann N'Gadi
Created: October 1997
Updated: April 2000