Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks: U.S. Military Heritage

The Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks often comes as a surprise to visitors. Tucked into a strip mall, you would never expect it to be filled with not only 5,000 artifacts, but also to include military aircraft and vehicles.

Air and Military Museum of the OzarksThe “storefront” exhibits smaller items that include uniforms, regalia and operational World War II-era radio equipment.

military unitformsmilitary helmetsYou’ll also find models of military aircraft and ships, and also one of the Titanic built by a local resident.

titanic modelSome of the items date back to the Civil War. Springfield is home to the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, where the first Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River took place.

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The “back room” is where you’ll find the big surprises, including a Cobra helicopter that you can sit in for a photo op.

aircraft at air and military museum of the ozarksCobra helicopterPhoto op in Cobra helicopterThe Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks is completely run by volunteers and funded through the $5 admission to the museum. Volunteers, many of whom are military veterans, explain more about the museum’s artifacts and often relate personal stories.

If you visit the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks

The Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks, located at 2306 East Kearney in Springfield, Missouri, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Check the website for further details.

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Disclosures: Our visit to Springfield, Missouri, was hosted by the Springfield Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau, but any opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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