- Robert E. Petersen Collection
- Ancient Firearms - 1350 to 1700
- Road to American Liberty - 1700 to 1780
- A Prospering New Republic - 1780 to 1860
- The American West - 1850 to 1900
- Innovation, Oddities and Competition
- Theodore Roosevelt and Elegant Arms - 1880s to 1920s
- World War I and Firearms Innovation
- WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Beyond - 1940 to Present
- For the Fun of It
- Modern Firearms - 1950 to Present
- Hollywood Guns
- A Nation Asunder - 1861 to 1865
- Steampunk Guns
steampunk (steem-puhngk) n. a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
Steampunk combines the best of Victorian elegance with adventurous, bizarre inventions that could easily have sprung from the mind of Jules Verne. It is a world where steam-powered gizmos have brought forth a culture all their own. Continuously evolving, steampunk encompasses science fiction and elements of popular culture - including zombies, dirigibles, mad scientists, and Western gunslingers. For some, the lifestyle of corsets and cravats, ray guns and rocket ships illustrates and represents a favorable era that counters the sterile technology of modern times.
Just like steampunk, this exhibit is a meeting point of fantasy and history. It combines the fantastic world of steampunk and the reality of the modern steel canvas afforded by today's real firearm designs. It is comprised of both fantasy, not-real steampunk guns created by artists and unusual, real firearms.
Exhibit made possible by ModVic, LLC and generous steampunk artists.