701 Kansas Ln., Monroe
Here’s one gem of a museum! Occupying one of the last standing buildings from the WWII Selman Army Airfield Navigation School, this totally renovated facility is filled with more exhibits and artifacts than one would ever believe. The aviation portion highlights three historic chapters in the nation’s and Monroe’s history: the Navigation School (largest in the country at the time) that trained over 15,000 navigators during WWII; the birth of Delta Airlines from a regional crop dusting service; and Louisiana native General Claire Chennault, leader of the Flying Tigers. The military portion is portrayed through sections of the museum representing all five military branches. Each section houses an abundance of weaponry, uniforms, photographs, documents and other artifacts depicting WWI through present day with heavy emphasis on Louisiana. Military heroes, many from Northeast Louisiana, are profiled providing dramatic first-person accounts of experiences in the military. In a separate room is an extensive exhibit showing the life and times of General Chennault and his famous Flying Tigers from WWII, showcasing the world’s largest collection of Chennault artifacts. The museum features an elaborate exhibit collection of Nazi Germany artifacts and a growing outdoor display of historic aircraft and vehicles. A theater and meeting room are also on-site.