Browning Home & Gunsmith Shop

Tour the Jonathan Browning Home and Gunsmith Shop and learn more about the humble beginnings of the worldwide Browning Arms Corporation. See authentic rifles, handguns and shotguns from the early 1800s, as well as their present-day counterparts. Born and educated in Tennessee, Browning began working with firearms in his early teens. After marriage and relocation to Quincy, IL, Browning developed a reputation for skilled craftsmanship. He is credited with inventing the repeating rifle, a major breakthrough in gun technology.

Joining the Mormon Exodus in 1846, Browning eventually settled in Utah, where his son, John Moses Browning, expanded on his father’s work and became a legendary gun designer. Among his inventions are the automatic rifle and the .30 caliber machine gun used in WWII. 

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Location

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Latitude: 40.544848 Longitude: -91.39134 Elevation: 546 ft
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Hours Open

May to September: Monday-Saturday, 9am- 6pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm. Other Months: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm.

Time Period Represented

1840's

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Visitor Fees

Free

Accessibility Notes

In trying to maintain the integrity of our historical sites, we are limited in providing access for our guests with mobility impairments. This home is not wheelchair accessible. Guests need to be able to climb stairs to enter. There are also a few steps during the tour. However, interior photos are available on request, and tour guides are often able to come outside and talk about the Browning family and this restored gun shop and home. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Since this shop is an historical museum with irreplaceable artifacts and demonstration items, pets may not be brought inside.  We appreciate your understanding. Service dogs are allowed.

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