About Us

The Naples Museum Of Military History is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) military museum located at the Naples Airport in Southwest Florida. The museum houses more than 10,000 military artifacts from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars.

The museum was founded in 2006 by a group of veterans as a mobile display museum, the collection grew so large that a new space was needed. In 2011, the Naples Airport Authority offered space to the group and the museum began to attract interest, artifact donations and visitations.

The Naples Airport is a fitting location for the museum because its connection with the military goes back to its founding. Built in 1942 by the Army Corp of Engineers, the Naples Army Airfield was one of 170 bases established throughout Florida because of the weather and strategic location. The Naples Army Airfield was to be used by fighter planes flying out to simulate attacks on the Flying Fortresses coming out of Buckingham Airfield nearby. At the peak of the war, the airport was home to more than 75 fighter and bomber aircraft as well as the pilots and aerial gunners who trained at the base.

Now located inside the long gone military base at the Naples Airport, where the beer ball, barracks, and Bow-Bow Kennel once stood, the Naples Museum of Military History is home to thousands of historical artifacts dating from 1775 to the present.

On any given day at the museum, you will find WWII Veterans still serving their country by keeping the spirit of 45 alive; Vietnam Veterans, including tank drivers, attack pilots and a POW, as well as family members of veterans who honor their military families by telling stories or service, heartbreak, and bravery.

“On December 5th two day’s prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii, the leaders of Naples and Collier county had been notified by the CAA ( Civil Aeronautics Administration) that Naples was #2 on the list of Fl. airports to be constructed.

But 2 days later, the confusion and devastation of the attack on pearl harbor changed the original intention and time plan. Plans to build a landing strip or small sub base were converted to plans for a full-sized Army base. The purpose and intention of the recently purchased land were to accommodate the federal declaration of war and America’s need for training pilots, gunners, enlisted and officers, in the craft of defense.”

—Excerpt from the book PILOTS, PINBALLS AND POLITICS by Nancy Fesseden McEntee, Ph.D.
(Used with permission)

Visit the Museum

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Location

500 Terminal Drive, Naples, FL 34104
Located in the Commercial Terminal

(239) 241-1697

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Noon - 3:00 PM

FREE Admission (Donations accepted)