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Address: 701 Kansas Ln, Monroe, LA 71203-4775
Phone Number: +1 318-362-5540
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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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Wow! Much nicer than expected

For a museum without an admission charge, this museum was quite impressive. Tons of memorabilia and history to help our children learn more about the people who have served our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a museum without an admission charge, this museum was quite impressive. Tons of memorabilia and history to help our children learn more about the people who have served our country. The guides were helpful and friendly without being intrusive.

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Thank Andrea H
Madisonville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a hidden gem in Monroe, La. just of I-20. It is small but packed with history from WW I to Dessert Storm with a great room that is dedicated to Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers & his contribution to the Chinese efforts to stop the Japanese & it's FREE. There is even a animatronic Claire Chennault... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have always been a P40 fan and an admirer of Claire Chennault. The museum is staffed by volunteers who love the subject matter and are very knowledgeable! Had a great time and learned some history I did not know! Did you know Delta Airlines started in Monroe? Me neither! Enjoy!!

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Thank Michael M
Shreveport, LA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wanted to visit this museum for some time, and finally made it. I was surprised at the number of artifacts on display; something over 11,000, I believe. We needed much more time to do the displays justice. It was our good fortune to hit a rather quiet time, so we were treated to a tour loaded with information on General... More 

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St.Joseph, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are ever in the Monroe, LA area please take time to go by and visit the Chennault Aviation an Military Museum. It will be worth your time to vidit this great museum. It is very well planned,, presented and great artifacts of this era in American History. It is located near the Monroe Airport and very easy to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So much to see and do. Very informative. Super helpful and knowledgeable staff. Lots of history yet fun for people of all ages.

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Thank KimLasschuit
Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We needed to kill some time. This worked. If your really into this stuff I bet that it's really great. I'm not into it. But still it was neat to see. Very well done. Great staff.

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Thank HanawaltB
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Located in a small WW2 building, which was used as a navigator training facility, the museum staff's enthusiasm and pride in their facility is evident. The displays are relevant to the history of the Flying Tigers, whose 7 months of existence (Dec 20, 1941, until July 4, 1942) contributed greatly to the eventual defeat of the Japanese Imperial Army. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by with my 7 year old grandson who was facinated with all the exhibits. I was so pleasantly surprised at how extensive and informative the museum was. It was exciting to see pictures and names of so many that I knew personally or their families I knew. A must see for northeastern Louisiana!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

General Chennault was a very revered commander and pilot, saving thousands of Chinese from death and oppression. His granddaughter is the curator at this small museum. Admission is free and it's just a short drive north of Interstate 20 (Pecanland Mall exit)

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