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Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

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Address: 701 Kansas Ln, Monroe, LA 71213
Phone Number: +1 318-362-5540
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Description: 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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Spend an afternoon to totally see everything , a veteran must see.

A very nice museum that is something everyone should go through , young and old . They do have recordings for veterans to document their history for the Smithsonian . If you are a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

A very nice museum that is something everyone should go through , young and old . They do have recordings for veterans to document their history for the Smithsonian . If you are a veteran please take 45 minutes to be interviewed about your experience.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is turning into very interesting place to visit. It started off as a little place that exhibited a few items of local interest but over the last few years they've added a lot of items to the collection and expanded made it much more interesting. It very easy to get to from I-20. Anyone interested in WW2 or military... More 

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Monroe, Louisiana, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting museum. Free Admission. Excellent for all ages. History of military men and women from Louisiana and Arkansas. History of WWII Selman Field training camp and Delta Airlines history. Excellent tour guides with knowledge and skills.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Simple layout that makes it easy for any age to understand the truly magnificent acts of bravery were displayed by the men from our area.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Some very interesting displays. Well presented and very authentic. Would not drive to Monroe just to see it, but wouldn't leave Monroe till I did.

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Eros
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This museum has so many interesting artifacts, pictures, stories to share. I definitely recommend. I loved seeing the pictures of those who contributed to our history and finding out so much more than I ever knew about people in my own hometown.

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Herndon, Virginia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stumbled upon this museum by accident and were very glad we went. It's not a classic aviation museum in that you won't see many aircraft. But you will see room upon room of fascinating memorabilia and artifacts. There was even remnants of a Japanese kamikaze aircraft on display. The people who work there definitely treat it as a labor... More 

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marietta, ga
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My husband is a HUGE aviation fan. He went there because there is a Chennault Air Force base in Illinois. He was hoping to learn more about the man, but that wasn't to be.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The friends I was vacationing with wanted to visit here and I'm glad they did because it's a really enjoyable museum. Many of the displays and artifacts have a local connection - the aerial crop dusting company that became Delta Airlines moved to Monroe in 1925, a year after it was formed, and there's a large display of Delta history... More 

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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

From the outside this musuem seems pretty modest, but inside it is much larger than it appears and is one of the best done aviation museums I have seen. The staff, including General Chennalult's grand daughter, are very friendly and helpful. After a quick orientation by a guide I was left to tour the museum at my own pace. A... More 

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