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Southern Living calls this "shopaholic's delight" that has pretty much anything a shopper with eclectic taste could want. Discover blocks of unique stores in beautiful downtown West Monroe with everything from home décor, jewelry, clothing, European and American antiques, art and more.
The aviation portion highlights three historical chapters in the nation's and Monroe's history. The Navigation School, which is the largest in the country, trained over 15,000 navigators for the crop dusting service; and Louisiana native General Claire Lee Chennault's Flying Tigers fighter squadron.
Aviation Museum Displays
Here's one gem of a museum! Occupying one of the last standing buildings from the World War II Selman Field Army Air Corps Navigation School, this totally renovated facility is filled with more exhibits and artifacts than one would ever believe.
Biedenharn Coke Museum
Refresh with a $.05 Coke and the nostalgia of early Coca-Cola memorabilia displayed in an indoor-outdoor setting. Walk among the wonderful collection of Coca-Cola artifacts including a delivery truck, signs, posters, bottles, and Coke machines. A retail shop with a variety of Coke merchandise is also on the premises.
Walk through the beautiful Biedenharn Gardens and enjoy over an acre of terraces, fountains, formal plantings and statues. Tour the elegant home of Joseph Biedenharn, first bottler of Coca-Cola, every room lovingly decorated by his daughter Emy-Lou Biedenharn, a renowned opera singer during the pre-Second World War years.
Black Bayou Walkout Pier
The Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a majestic 4,500-acre expanse of lake, swamp, and hardwood uplands. If you go to this amazing attraction you will see many wildlife and plant species.
Set in a 1920s Tudor-style structure (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) with charming open spaces, hardwood floors and inviting year-round displays of a wide spectrum of art. This museum features a permanent collection of paintings, prints, sculpture, as well as multiple exhibitions annually of art from museums and artists nationwide.
University of Louisiana Monroe
Located in northeast Louisiana, a region with a population of over 250,000, ULM's main campus covers 238 acres with over 50 buildings. Off-campus facilities include a working farm and the College of Pharmacy, all located less than 5 minutes away. Beautiful Bayou DeSiard flows through the campus providing a tranquil and cordial setting.