We are a Southwest Florida Military Museum, We have thousands of Military artifacts from all branches of the Military..
Established in 2006.
Our Museum started in 2006 as a mobile display museum. The collection grew to be too large for that and our President Bob McDonald met The then Director of the Naples Airport Ted Soliday ( also a Veteran in Vietnam who has his own Display Case with his Artifacts from his service as a Marine Corp Cobra Pilot ) Ted thought it was a great idea to put the Museum in The Naples Airport Commercial Terminal. He gave us a small empty storefront in early 2011 and the rest is history.
Meet Our Museums President
President Robert McDonald
(we call him Bob)
This VISITOR COMMENTS section was set up to show various comments we received from some Visitor sites about their visit to our museum in Naples Airport Commercial Terminal. We invite you to see for yourself; We have thousands of Military artifacts from all branches of the Military.
The Museum is located at the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the Pacific theater in WWII.
What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII, has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.
“What a surprise!”
Reviewed November 23, 2016
We were visiting the Avis desk in the commercial terminal at Naples airport when I spotted the museum and wandered in. It is full of interesting exhibits and items donated by veterans and others. The staff are delightful and very happy to share their knowledge. I will certainly go back for another look and, if you have a spare hour, would highly recommend a visit to this great little museum in this rather surprising location……Hampshireraveller Emsworth, United Kingdom
“This place makes me proud to be American”
Reviewed October 29, 2016
I stopped in one day out of pure boredom. It was rainy and humid and just wanted to see what it was about. There was an elderly man there, seemed extremely knowledgeable about military history and my guess he was a WW2 or Korean War veteran. He didn’t say, but we didn’t ask either although he was wearing a VETERAN baseball cap. There was no charge, just a box for donations which we gladly contributed. My wife and I being veterans, we learned so much more about the military on this visit. I have stopped a few times since and should maybe stop more because it is so close to home. If you are looking for something to do, stop by. You won’t be disappointed and I think this museum was well thought out when they put it together. ………Tom C Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
Reviewed October 21, 2016
free admission, you get a tour guide as well if you want, or you get to check things on your own, donations are accepted. the museum is located inside the Naples Municipal Airport Terminal, just go inside, you will find it on your left hand side, this is the first museum, they also have a second one down the hallway on the right side. the museums have a rich display of uniforms, equipment, weapons, pictures, diaries and more…
“Do not miss”
Visited September 2016
What a terrific testament to the American heroes. My visit was outstanding thanks to the veterans who were there to answer questions. In my opinion this should not be tucked away in Naples airport it should have building of its own. Do not miss the opportunity to visit..
mark572015 Godstone, United Kingdom
Visited September 2016
Went here yesterday and found the museum very interesting the volunteers were well informed and well versed in all aspects of the museum. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit I would recommend a visit…….Thank Andrew B
“A place in history”
Visited June 9, 2016
This museum should have a building of it’s own. It is overstocked with memorabilia of wars, and with artifacts donated by locals…Thank JayandSam1428
“Great place for people who are interested in military memorabilia”
Reviewed June 5, 2016
Small museum but very well kept and operated by mostly volunteers, who are very knowledgeable about the exhibits. There is no admission but donations are greatly appreciated. Although small you can spend an hour or so just browsing and reading all the great stuff. Makes you proud of our veterans.
“Wonderful Addition to Naples”
Reviewed May 29, 2016
Went to see this when they first opened a few years ago and really enjoyed all the memorabilia. Take the time to read & absorb as much as you can as this is what makes America great. Visited again a few weeks ago when the Hurricane Hunters were at the airport. I stayed in the background as the docent asked 3 young boys several questions about our flag. They answered each one correctly and my heart swelled with pride as at that moment I knew our future would be in good hands. Their parents have taught them well and they should be very proud of the fine citizens their little people are turning into. This museum, and the Holocaust Museum of Naples, should be required visits for each and every student in Collier County. You can’t define your future if you don’t understand your past. Kudos to all those that donated their personal items to make this such a special place to visit. Daughter-in-law to a Big Red One Normandy survivor and Army Veteran myself of the Big Red One.
“Lots of stuff, good effort by many volunteer veterans”
Reviewed May 21, 2016
This is a very small museum apparently being operated primarily by volunteers. There are lots of items to see from various wars. Many deceased veterans have obviously donated items to the museum, clothing and many aircraft models and ship models. It’s a true effort by veterans to honor veterans. I was especially touched by the POW/MIA Table for One setting, a beautiful gesture, which I’ve seen before but is always moving. If you have time or are in the airport terminal building it’s worth a visit……..and it is actually located in the Naples Airport Terminal Building. ….. Ray M, Fort Walton Beach, FL
“Small but interesting museum inside the terminal”
Reviewed March 29, 2016
No admission, free will donation. Very nice museum with lots of things to see in a relatively small space. Went with a 60 year old and an 80 year old and spent about 90 minutes. If you like military history and memorabilia, you will find things of interest…Thank Kathy H
“Interesting Collection of Military history”
Reviewed March 21, 2016
We happened upon this exhibit by chance when we stopped by the Naples Airport terminal. The exhibit is located in two locations in the Terminal. Be sure to see both. The museum is free and open to the public. The exhibits are of memorabilia donated by individuals and their families. We found the exhibits to be quite interesting in that they have the personal touch of the people who contributed them. In the annex exhibit we were greeted by Jim C. who volunteers at the museum. Jim showed us his contribution to the museum which chronicles his personal experiences in Nicaragua. We enjoyed hearing his story………Thanks MA Gray Ghost
“Small but Interesting!”
Reviewed December 10, 2015
A great little museum situated in the terminal at the Naples Airport. There are many interesting displays and even a military vehicle or two parked outside. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and love to engage in military history conversation. This is a must see if you enjoy WWII history. … DAN C, Northville, Michigan
Reviewed April 24, 2018
Located at the Naples airport on Airport/Pulling road. Many relics from WW II nicely displayed. Not too large but contains much to see. And it’s FREE.
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Reviewed February 11, 2018
“If You Love Military History, Do Not Miss This” !
Tucked away in the commercial terminal at Naples Municipal Airport. An outstanding collection of military artifacts from the Civil War to Afghanistan. There is the main museum which is mostly WW 2 and the Annex which contains all eras. The volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. As southern Florida has a strong military history, this is a wonderful addition. This is no admission fee, but donations are welcome and deserved.
Kenneth K about The Naples Museum of Military History
Reviewed February 6, 2018 via mobile
“Quite of lot of memories” !
Boy, if you read this, you’re lucky like me to find this listing. Others haven’t based on the few prior reviewers.
Also, wish other WWII vets would volunteer a few hours here. Great stories I heard. So much memorabilia has been contributed by Estates of their ‘fighting heroes’.
Two rooms. Models of ships and aircraft, emblems & medals (in personal frames), clothing, photo among other things.
If you knew Vets, contact them, bring them down to the Museum. Yes, hopefully enjoy themselves and maybe volunteer a few hours.
Reviewed November 17, 2017
“A Hidden Gem of a museum”!!
This museum has done a very nice job of taking items donated by loved ones and made incredible displays of the memorabilia of many wars. Staff at the location is very knowledgeable and friendly. Worth the trip!
HikerNonni about The Naples Museum of Military History
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile
Remember to come here – another item for your ‘must-do’ list.
Hurricane Irma took a toll here … like war torn aftermath. In the Naples Municipal Airport’s Commercial Terminal, not the General
Aviation Terminal …. the Gen’l Term has some damage that didn’t spare the Museum from.
All will come back to normal, but for now, I went yesterday, the 2 areas where the Museum is were closed. They will get repaired and the doors will open.
For now, you only can look thru the window gates.
For the young, what they see may not seem by them to appropriate to them, but the benefit of you talking history, it then should. History divulges future events.
For us older folks, the photos, medals & ribbons, the patches and then the uniforms and equipment, or accessories all reveal a decision (maybe not consciously made) that impacted us all directly or indirectly.
Thanks to all who do the hard (and sad) work to reopen.
Remember to go here – another item on your ‘to-do’ list.
Reviewed January 28, 2017
“Small but Fascinating”
There are two small rooms staffed by volunteers. Admission is free, but there is a donation box. If you want to get anything out of this, have one of the volunteers provide a tour. Joyce provided the tour in the first location. She brings the exhibits to life, as she explains the history of the items, with personal knowledge of the subjects and people.
Jim C provided the tour in the other room. He was also quite knowledgeable. I visit military museums whenever I travel. Jim taught me some things I did not know.
The exhibits are of a more personal nature as opposed to big guns and tanks, although there were guns.
While small this museum is a gem. If you like military history, don’t miss it.
Stephen W. Fort Lauder dale, FL. 3/16/2018
“This Museum is a pleasant surprise”!
It is free and the volunteers are very friendly and want to answer any question you may have! This is a donated location that could really use a bigger space to house all the items that have been donated by our veterans of past wars. The items you find here will surprise you, so many great stories behind them all! If you want to show support for our veterans, go here!
“A MOMENT OF SILENCE”
Everyone says, “We will never forget!” But with each passing generation we do forget. So it is nice to visit a place like this to remember all those that gave up there lives for freedom.
I enjoyed reading the letters from the soldiers. It paints a picture of what it was like back then. I really felt bad for a soldier named Vandenberg who was slain by a Japanese soldier a week after Japan had surrendered in WWII. The letter went on to say that you may think the war is over but for us it is not over. This museum even had Vandenberg’s 48 star flag that was draped over his coffin. Alaska and Hawaii weren’t even states yet. It made me think about how much history has passed us by in 68 years.
The soldiers 4 page letter also covered so many more topics. How his girlfriend was trying to force him to get married. He wasn’t too happy about that. He really wanted to just travel around with his buddy. I think he needed a detox from war. He also knew that there were no jobs in America and that he was still stuck in the Army for 8 more months at least. He also spoke about depression and the troubles a GI would have fitting back into society. The letter seems timeless because these issues still exist today. Not much has changed. It puts life into perspective.
I also enjoyed the Christmas card the bomber squadron dropped over Germany. I thought it sent a strong message. They put Hitlers head in a toilet seat and proclaimed it as there target.
There were so many interesting things to see. It is not a big place but there are a lot of things to look at. I tried explaining it to our little one but I do not think she understood it. So we will return when she gets older.
A few more facts about the museum. It contains over 10,000 artifacts from the history of the military. It is also located in the Naples Municipal airport which use to be a former WWII training facility. This army airfield, which was built in 1942, was home to 75 fighter and bomber aircraft at the height of WWII. Then after the war the base was converted into a municipal airport in 1945.
If you find yourself in the area, then stop in to check it out. It’s free or you can drop in a donation. The most important think is to never forget and this place helps us remember.
Naples Museum Of Military History
Naples Museum Of Military History
On the heels of the sweltering, downtown Bonita Springs July 4th parade I thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to be taken on an air conditioned adventure this month. What immediately sprang to mind was the Naples Museum Of Military History which is located at the Naples Municipal Airport in Naples, Florida. Years ago I saw a presentation for this museum and had yet to make it to take a tour.
The museum is easy to get to and it’s open to the general pubic at no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated. This is an inexpensive outing. Parking is even free!
The collection is placed in display cases. There are two completely different rooms on each end of the concourse.
How ever would I know that what looked like a grass hula skirt was relevant to the war because it was made of shredded parachute cord? Other favorites included items known as “trench art” which were trinkets or useful items such as ash trays or salt and pepper shakers made while passing the time in the trench and putting to use spent shell casings and metal fragments.
Standard military equipment including, uniforms, weapons, badges and medals are arranged throughout the exhibit. There are several display cases arranged by specific war such as Desert Storm, the Vietnam War and the Korean War in addition to World War I & II displays. Plus, there are great time-specific pieces on display such as newspapers and magazines. Even more special are the letters and diaries documenting the life and times of those from the period.
The museum has acquired many of their ten-thousand plus items by donation and they are always accepting more to help rotate the inventory on display. The Museums President “Bob McDonald” told me that the white nurse uniform was sealed in a trunk since WWII and the whole trunk was donated by the family of the service member. He also added that the service member was still able to fit into the uniform. Many donations are from veterans or family members who would like to have the items properly preserved, cared for and displayed for future generations to appreciate.
If you’d like to learn a little about American history and the brave men and women who fought for our freedoms visit the museum at the Naples Municipal Airport. While you’re walking thru the Rooms remember that before private planes whizzed in and out of there it was a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base called the Naples Army Airfield.
To Learn more about the museum please visit their website at Naples Museum Of Military History Link, and be sure to sign up for their newsletter, sent out at the beginning of each month so you will know about upcoming special events and feature displays for holidays and remembrances.
Happy trails … and air conditioned museums.
Naples Museum of Military History
The museum displays military photos, medals, leather flight jackets, uniforms, field equipment, models of aircraft ships vehicles, helmets, weapons, trench-art, newspaper clippings and as many as 8,000 of the museum’s 12,000 artifacts honoring veterans and to create a greater understanding of military conflicts among present and future generations. The museum has a tribute to the Florida veterans of the Vietnam War who were KIA’s and photo/stories of 80 local veterans, ships bell USS Maddox…..etc.