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Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum

4000 W Perimeter Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-3514
+1 754-300-9259
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True passion for WWII and Naval history

We happened upon this as an option when our wildlife tour was cancelled. The tour is one on one... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
Michele C
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States
via mobile

Wonderful experience. Great bits of WWII history. Had passed by the museum many times without... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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National Register of Historic Places. Mission Statement: Educating. Preserving. Honoring the Heroes BACKGROUND HISTORY: Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL) was built on the site of Merle Fogg Field in 1942 as part of the national defense program; serving as one among 257 air stations during World War II, and as one of a few specialty schools for training on the TBM/TBF Avenger aircraft. NAS Fort Lauderdale made a big impact in the growth and economy of the South Florida region and the United States as a whole. Building # 8, The Link Trainer Building housed 6-8 Link Trainer flight simulators. It is the only remaining structure left on the naval base property—sole reminder of a naval complex of more than 200 buildings. This building is now the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum. The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot. From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train American and British pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries.
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4000 W Perimeter Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-3514
+1 754-300-9259
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We happened upon this as an option when our wildlife tour was cancelled. The tour is one on one with a volunteer who will take as much or as little time with you as you wish. These folks are truly passionate about preserving history. What...More

Thank Michele C
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Wonderful experience. Great bits of WWII history. Had passed by the museum many times without realizing it was there. Had a free day in FLL and found this on the net. Sorry that I had not visited it earlier.

1  Thank redbaronbob2004
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Fantastic experience, our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. If you enjoy World War 2 history this is a must!!!!

Thank Justin W
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Small and potent. Don't come expecting the Smithsonian. Do come expecting a great experience. Guided/personalized tours from Navy veterans. Models, maps, books, memorabilia and more. A lot of hard work from volunteers went into the collection and arrangement of US Naval Aviation history. Not the...More

1  Thank Jim G
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Hidden away on the west side of the Ft Lauderdale International airport is a gem. The Naval Air Station Museum with tons of history. I could not even see everything in one night. It's amazing how much history has taken place there. The only building...More

Thank Tom C
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

The building is the last remaining building of the 22 structures that comprised the base during WWII. The artifacts and exhibits mainly highlight naval aviation and the TBF/TBG AVENGER of the WWII era. Our tour guide Gary spent about one and a half hours with...More

1  Thank Emilio I
Reviewed 29 January 2017

This tiny gem located on the west side of Ft Lauderdale Airport (FLL) is packed with WW2 memorabilia and a library filled with documents, maps and books. It was a Naval Air Station during the war and some locals have made a supreme effort to...More

1  Thank SUSAN M
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived a good hour before closing and got a wonderful welcome. The museum is tucked away on the airport perimeter road and I only heard about this place through trip advisor. We were lucky to have a wonderful guide in Gary who took his...More

Thank Melissa P
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Tucked out of the way on the airport perimeter road this wonderful little museum is well worth the effort to find it. We had a very knowledgeable volunteer guide whose enthusiasm for the exhibits was infectious. This is the kind of museum that one needs...More

1  Thank 226michaely
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Loved the entire guide throughout the whole place. Our guide, Gary Adams was so knowledge and knew all about every item in there. Walked us through the Former President George H.W. Bush Room and his WWII memorabilia. Introduced us to the volunteers and owner, Don...More

2  Thank MissPerfectDC
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25 April 2015|
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Response from Allan M |
Since you last visited, the Museum has completed several restoration projects. You might want to visit again. I would advise to listen to the tours, because there are too many artifacts that might not make sense to you. The... More
tom s
8 April 2015|
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Response from Richard B |
Hours on Saturdays