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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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A must see

Hidden away on the west side of the Ft Lauderdale International airport is a gem. The Naval Air... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Tom C
Pompano Beach, Florida
Informative Naval Aviation Museum

The building is the last remaining building of the 22 structures that comprised the base during... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Emilio I
via mobile
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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 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

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

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
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Long-time resident of S Florida and traveler through FLL airport but this was the first time I'd visited this museum. It's mostly made up of donations but some great pieces in the collection including a flight trainer from the early 40s...it looked like a child's...More

2  Thank David J
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We only had 1/2 hour left to see the museum before their closing hours and the volunteer stayed over for 45 more minutes to show us the museum. We will be back to see much much more-wonderful museum!

1  Thank wreckdiver77
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We accidentally found the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum while looking through a magazine. We visited this week and were treated to a treasure of artifacts and a wealth of information. Our group of four were the only visitors when we arrived. We had...More

1  Thank Marvin W
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Nice little Museum on history of the Naval base that helped build Ft Lauderdale and History of the area

1  Thank Steven D
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Hi clint b, You should give the NAS Ft. Lauderdale Museum another try. A lot have things have improved in the nearly 2 years since your visit, including extensive shelving in the library, ADA handicapped bathroom is complete and better organization of the exhibits, additional exhibits, etc.
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
How much does it cost
8 April 2015|
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Response from Richard B |
Hours on Saturdays