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Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

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Address: 701 Kansas Ln, Monroe, LA 71203-4775
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+1 318-362-5540
09:00 - 16:00
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Located in one of the last standing buildings from the World War II Selman...

Located in one of the last standing buildings from the World War II Selman Field Army Air Corps Navigation School, the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum highlights northeast Louisiana's impact on aviation and military history. Admission is always free.

Exhibits feature weaponry, uniforms, photographs, documents and other artifacts. A growing collection of military aircraft is located outside. All branches of the U.S. military are featured, from World War I through the present day, and there are also exhibits on Selman Field (which trained over 15,000 navigators) and Delta Airlines (which was born in Monroe from a regional crop dusting service). An extensive exhibit is dedicated to the life and times of Gen. Claire L. Chennault (a northeast Louisiana native) and his Flying Tigers fighter group.

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Fascinating one-of-a-kind displays tell history through deeply personal experiences

This remarkable museum conveys local, state, national and world history in the most accessible way -- from the perspectives of those who lived it. The theme is military and... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Monroe, Louisiana

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Monroe, Louisiana
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

This remarkable museum conveys local, state, national and world history in the most accessible way -- from the perspectives of those who lived it. The theme is military and aviation history. The personal stories of Vets are throughout, accompanied by an extraordinary range of artifacts. From weapons to ship and plane models, to uniforms to items from the home front... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We were near the museum and had some spare time. Glad we did. Didn't look like much from the outside but was cram packed with history. There were very few people there but what a great museum. The lady that was working there was very knowledgeable and kept our granddaughters engaged. They not only learned but also had a great... More 

Thank cms28269
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 March 2017

An amazing collection hidden away near the airport. Excellent exhibits on WW I, WW II, and Vietnam in addition to the one on Chennault. Weapons, uniforms, photos, personal stories are all here in this hidden gem. Allow at least two hours, if not more to see it all. Highly recommend it.

Thank johnpI25AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

There is so much more to this museum than you can imagine before you enter and start touring. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. There is no admission charge, but donations can be made in containers scattered throughout the exhibits. We were told that displays are changed about every six months because of the amount of artifacts they possess or... More 

Thank Paula M
Bastrop, Louisiana
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

So much to see. Excellent variety of world war II items. Very nice display cases and nice for Monroe Louisiana

Thank Meme1372
Monroe, Louisiana
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This museum is run by General Chennault's granddaughter who has devoted timeless energy to make this a premiere destination museum. she has made numerous trips to Washington D. C. as well as to China Albeit it relatively small, every room is paced with so much history one can easily spend hours without seeing it al.

Thank TravelingShoes1-2-3
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

What started out as a tribute to local hero Clare Chennault has grown over the years to become a very nice War Memorial and Museum. In addition to the World War 2 displays, there is a lot of information on the Viet Nam conflict. Of particular interest is the collection of military aircraft the museum now has. One aircraft from... More 

Thank Thomas C
Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

If my review is helpful, please give me a “helpful” vote. 1. My Background/Expectations. This was my first visit to the museum. As a retired U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer and history enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for military museums when I am travelling for business or vacation. This museum is worth a 1 1/2 hr detour if... More 

Thank raj0302
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8 reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

As a vet, I find this museum fantastic. Wonderful collections. Fees for to charities. Local heroes represented. Bravo.

Thank Sean P
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Worth visiting, nice set up and lots of history. Looks small from the outside but it comes to life and is laid out that you will be amazed at how much they have displayed.

Thank Walt R

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