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9 of 14 Types of Louisiana Recreational Facilities--Museums
Ivan Gillis
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Louisiana Museums

 

Name

Town/City

Parish

Region

Type

Summary

Finding Our Roots African American Museum

Houma

Terrebonne

Baton Rouge area

Local History

website - Local African American History and Culture from slavery to civil right era

Abbeville Museum

Abbeville

Vermilion

Cajun Heartland

Multiple

website, local art, history and Acadian culture, operated by the Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance

Abita Mystery House

Abita Springs

St. Tammany

Baton Rouge area

Art

Folk art and artistic displays of unusual collections, also known as the UCM Museum

Acadian Cultural Center

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Culture

Exhibits about the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians and other local peoples, part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Acadian Museum

Erath

Vermilion

Cajun Heartland

Local history

website, Acadian heritage and Cajun people of Louisiana

Acadian Village

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Open air

Includes an art gallery, doctor's museum, blacksmith shop and several Acadian houses

Acadiana Center for the Arts

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Art

website

Adai Indian Nation Culture Center

Robeline

Natchitoches

Northwest

Native American

website

Adam Ponthieu Grocery Store & Big Bend Post Office Museum

Moreauville

Avoyelles

Central

History

[1]

Addis Museum

Addis

West Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Local history

[2]

Alexandre Mouton House

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Historic house

19th-century home of 9th Governor and first Democratic Governor of Louisiana Alexandre Mouton

Alexandria Museum of Art

Alexandria

Rapides

Central

Art

Collections include contemporary Louisiana art and Northern Louisiana folk art

Alexandria T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum

Alexandria

Rapides

Central

Children's

website

Andonie Museum

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Sports

website, history of sports at Louisiana State University

Angola Museum

Angola

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Prison

History of the Louisiana State Penitentiary

Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Sports

Located in the foyer of the Shreveport Convention Center[3]

Audubon State Historic Site

St. Francisville

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Features the late Federal Period (1790–1830) Oakley Plantation, where artist John James Audubon stayed in 1821

Autrey House Museum

Dubach

Lincoln

Northwest

Historic house

1849 dogtrot log house, owned by the Lincoln Parish Museum[4]

Baker Heritage Museum

Baker

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

History

website, operated by the City

Barataria Museum

Jean Lafitte

Jefferson

Greater New Orleans

Local history

website, local history, life of pirate Jean Lafitte, culture of area wetland dwellers, coastal environment including erosion, natural and man-made disasters[5]

Barksdale Global Power Museum

Bossier City

Bossier

Northwest

Aerospace

Located on Barksdale Air Force Base, features military aircraft and historical artifacts, formerly the Eighth Air Force Museum

Baton Rouge Gallery

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Art

Contemporary art

Bayou Lacombe Rural Museum

Lacombe

St. Tammany

Baton Rouge area

Local history

[6][7][8]

Bayou Teche Museum

New Iberia

Iberia

Southwest

Local history

website, displays about area history, culture, food and music

Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum

Houma

Terrebonne

Baton Rouge area

Local history

website, industries, traditions and personal stories

Beauregard Parish Museum

DeRidder

Beauregard

Southwest

Local history

Located in a former railroad depot, includes the Lois Loftin Doll Museum with over 3000 dolls[9][10]

Bernice Depot Museum

Bernice

Union

Northwest

Railroad

website

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

Multiple

Includes the Biedenharn mansion, Coca-Cola Museum, Bible Museum and gardens

Bienville Depot Museum

Arcadia

Bienville

Central

Local history

Local history and art exhibits[11]

Bishop Martin Museum

Natchitoches

Natchitoches

Central

Religious

Historic artifacts from the early days of the Diocese of Alexandria, adjacent to the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception[12]

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

Natural history

Visitor center exhibits about the wildlife and ecosystems of the refuge, also live animals

Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum

Gibsland

Bienville

Northwest

Biographical

website, history of gangsters Bonnie & Clyde[13][14]

Bossier Parish Library Historical Center

Bossier City

Bossier

Northwest

Local history

website, adjacent to the Bossier Central Library

Brimstone Museum

Sulphur

Calcasieu

Southwest

Local history

website, housed in a depot, also changing art exhibits

Butler Greenwood Plantation

St. Francisville

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Historical house

 

Cajun Music Hall of Fame

Eunice

Acadia

Cajun Heartland

Music

website, includes Cajun musical instruments, records and albums of Cajun sounds, hall of fame, operated by the Cajun French Music Association

Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge

Cameron

Cameron

Southwest

Natural history

Visitor center features exhibits on the birds, wildlife and ecosystems found in the refuge

Camp Moore Confederate Cemetery and Museum

Tangipahoa

Tangipahoa

Baton Rouge area

Military

American Civil War Confederate training base and principal base of operations in eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi

Canary Islanders Cultural Museum

Houma

Terrebonne

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

website

Capt. Fletcher E. Adams 357th Fighter Group Museum

Ida

Caddo

Northwest

Military

website, history and memorabilia of the 357th Fighter Group

Capitol Park Museum

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Multiple

Exhibits on Louisiana history, industry and culture, branch of the Louisiana State Museum

CARTE Museum

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Local history

Dedicated to the preservation of original maps and atlases

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Religious

Includes the Cathedral Museum with exhibits about the history of the cathedral and the parish

Centenary State Historic Site

Jackson

East Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Education

Restored buildings of the former Centenary College, exhibits about early education in Louisiana, Civil War medicine, and local history

Central School Arts & Humanities Center

Lake Charles

Calcasieu

Southwest

Art

Houses arts organizations including the Arts Council of SWLA, several non-profit gallery spaces[15][16] and the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu[17]

Charenton Heritage Museum

Charenton

St. Mary

Cajun Heartland

Local history

[18][19]

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

Aerospace

website, located at Monroe Regional Airport (Louisiana), history of World War II Selman Army Airfield, General Claire Lee Chennault, historic aircraft and memorabilia

The Children's Museum

Lake Charles

Calcasieu

Southwest

Children's

website

Children's Museum of Acadiana

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Children's

website

Chitimacha Museum

Charenton

St. Mary

Cajun Heartland

Native American

website, heritage and culture of the Chitimacha

Collinswood Museum

Ponchatoula

Tangipahoa

Baton Rouge area

Local history

website

Cottonport Museum

Cottonport

Avoyelles

Cajun Heartland

Local history

Includes exhibits on area cotton farming[20]

Covington Trailhead Museum

Covington

St. Tammany

Baton Rouge area

Local history

[21]

Creole Heritage Folklife Center

Opelousas

St. Landry

Cajun Heartland

African American

[22][23]

Crystal Rice Plantation

Crowley

Acadia

Cajun Heartland

Multiple

website, working rice farm tour, includes Blue Rose Museum, a Creole cottage with decorative collectibles, and Salmon's Classic Car Garage with vintage automobiles

DeFosse Home

Mansura

Avoyelles

Central

Historic house

French Colonial style home, open by appointment[24]

Delta Music Museum

Ferriday

Concordia

Central

Music

Local musicians

Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan

St. Charles

Greater New Orleans

Historic house

Antebellum plantation home with costumed interpreters depicting historic crafts and life

DeQuincy Railroad Museum

DeQuincy

Calcasieu

Southwest

Railroad

website, railroad-related artifacts from the Kansas City Southern, Missouri Pacific, and Union Pacific Railroads

DeQuincy Town Hall Museum

DeQuincy

Calcasieu

Southwest

Local history

[25][26]

Dorcheat Historical Association Museum

Minden

Webster

Northwest

Local history

19th and 20th century local history and culture

Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Grambling

Lincoln

Northwest

Biographical

websiteGrambling State University football coach Eddie G. Robinson

E. D. White Historic Site

Thibodaux

Lafourche

Greater New Orleans

Historic house

Operated by the Louisiana State Museum, 19th century residence of two major Louisiana politicians

Enchanted Mansion

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Toy

website, antique and collectible modern dolls, open by appointment

Eunice Depot Museum

Eunice

Acadia

Cajun Heartland

Local history

Located in an old depot[27]

Evergreen Plantation

Wallace

St. John the Baptist

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Mid 19th century plantation including 22 slave quarters, open by appointment

Fairview-Riverside State Park

Madisonville

St. Tammany

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Includes Otis House Museum

Fort Jackson, Louisiana

Port Sulphur

Plaquemines Parish

Baton Rouge area

Military

Early 19th century fort that was a battle site in the American Civil War.

Fort Jesup State Historic Site

Many

Sabine

Central

Military

Fort used to protect the United States border with Spain in the early 19th century

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

Natchitoches

Natchitoches

Central

Military

Restored 18th century military outpost and commercial trade center

Frogmore Plantation

Ferriday

Concordia

Central

Open air

website, 1,800-acre (7.3 km2) working cotton plantation with restored antebellum farm buildings

German-American Cultural Center and Museum

Gretna

Jefferson

Greater New Orleans

Ethnic

website, German immigrant contributions to Louisiana's history and culture

Germantown Colony and Museum

Minden

Webster

Northwest

History

19th century Harmony Society site

GOSH Museum

Slidell

St. Tammany

Greater New Orleans

Local history

Located in the restored Our Lady of Lourdes convent[6]

Grandmother's Buttons

St. Francisville

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Commodity

website, store and museum with antique buttons and fasteners

Greenwood Plantation (Louisiana)

St. Francisville

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

website

Gretna Historical Society Museum

Gretna

Jefferson

Greater New Orleans

Open air

website, complex includes local history exhibits, 19th century period Creole cottage, Louisiana State Fire Museum in a historic firehouse, blacksmith shop, caboose museum

Grevemberg House Museum

Franklin

St. Mary

Cajun Heartland

Historic house

website, mid-19th century period antebellum townhouse

Gueydan Museum

Gueydan

Vermilion

Cajun Heartland

Local history

website

H J Smith's Son General Store and Museum

Covington

St. Tammany

Baton Rouge area

History

Historic general store and museum of local historic artifacts and oddities[6][21][28]

Herbert S. Ford Memorial Museum

Homer

Claiborne

Northwest

Local history

 

Hermione Museum

Tallulah

Madison

Northwest

Local history

information, operated by the Madison Historical Society, includes exhibit on Madam C. J. Walker

Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center

Lake Charles

Calcasieu

Southwest

Art

website, city's public art gallery

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

Darrow

Ascension

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Mid 19th century plantation house and buildings

Iberville Museum

Plaquemine

Iberville

Baton Rouge area

Local history

website

Imperial Calcasieu Museum

Lake Charles

Calcasieu

Southwest

Multiple

website, local art and history

Independence Italian Cultural Museum

Independence

Tangipahoa

Baton Rouge area

Ethnic

Open by appointment, area Italian culture and heritage[29]

International Petroleum Museum and Exposition

Morgan City

St. Mary

Cajun Heartland

Industry

website, also known as the Rig Museum, offshore oil and gas industry, oil rig tours[30]

Isaiah Garrett Law Office

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

Historic site

website, 1840s period law office, operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Maritime

website, history along the Red River and the works of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jackson Parish Heritage Museum

Jonesboro

Jackson

Northeast

Local history

website, operated by the Jackson Parish Museum & Fine Arts Association

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Chalmette

St. Bernard

Greater New Orleans

Military

Chalmette Battlefield visitor center, exhibits about the Battle of New Orleans

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Marrero

Jefferson

 

Natural history

Barataria Preserve includes trails, visitor center displays about the ecology of the wetlands, the national importance of the area, and the relation between the land and its people

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Thibodaux

Lafourche

Greater New Orleans

Culture

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Jeanerette Museum

Jeanerette

Iberia

Southwest

Local history

website

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Multiple

Features changing exhibits of history, art and culture from its collections

Kent Plantation House

Alexandria

Rapides

Central

Historic house

Features French, Spanish and American cultural influences

Kentwood Museum

Kentwood

Tangipahoa

Baton Rouge area

Local history

website, features display about singerBritney Spears

Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Museum

Bossier City

Bossier

Northwest

Amusement

website, history of Mardi Gras in Louisiana, costumes and floats

Lafayette Arts Association Gallery

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Art

website

Lafayette Science Museum

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Science

website, exhibits on space, geology, meteorites, planetarium, formerly the Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum

Madisonville

St. Tammany

Baton Rouge area

Maritime

website, maritime history of Lake Pontchartrain Basin, the lower Mississippi River Valley, and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, including boats, canals, lighthouses and Civil War history

Laura Plantation

Vacherie

St. James

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

19th century Créole-style big house and outbuildings, including six slave quarters

Laurel Valley Village Museum and Country Store

Thibodaux

Lafourche

Greater New Orleans

Open air

Historic village and plantation within a modern sugar cane farm, general store with agriculture tools and displays

Leatherwood Museum

Oakdale

Allen

Southwest

Local history

Local history, culture, agriculture and timber industries

Le Vieux Village

Opelousas

St. Landry

Cajun Heartland

Open air

website, includes historic rural life buildings, Jim Bowie Museum, Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

Le Musee' De Kaplan

Kaplan

Vermilion

Cajun Heartland

Local history

[31]

Lincoln Parish Museum

Ruston

Lincoln

Northeast

Historic house

website, also known as the Kidd-Davis House, operated by the Lincoln Parish Museum & Historical Society

Log Cabin Museum

Shongaloo

Webster

Northwest

History

[32]

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site

St. Martinville

St. Martin

Cajun Heartland

Open air

Includes a reproduction 1800 period Acadian farmstead with outbuildings, and the 1815 Maison Olivier plantation home

Louisiana Art and Science Museum

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Multiple

Art, science, astronomy, natural history

Louisiana Children's Discovery Center

Hammond

Tangipahoa

Baton Rouge area

Children's

website

Louisiana Governor's Mansion

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

1963 official residence of the Governor of Louisiana

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum

Abbeville

Vermilion

Cajun Heartland

Military

website, Louisiana veterans, focus is World War II, located at the Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport

Louisiana History Museum

Alexandria

Rapides

Central

History

State and local history

Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum

Pineville

Rapides

Central

Military

website, located at Camp Beauregard, history of the Louisiana National Guard

Louisiana Military Museum

Ruston

Lincoln

Northeast

Military

website

Louisiana Museum of Natural History

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Natural history

Part of Louisiana State University, exhibits in the Textile and Costume Museum, and the Museum of Natural Science

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

Opelousas

St. Landry

Cajun Heartland

History

website, history of the Orphan Train riders from the New York Foundling Hospital to Louisiana between the years 1873 and 1929

Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame

Winnfield

Winn

Central

History

Important Louisiana politicians and memorabilia

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum

Natchitoches

Natchitoches

Central

Sports

Branch of the Louisiana State Museum, accomplishments by Louisiana athletes, coaches and sports stars

Louisiana State Archive and Research Library

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Art

Changing displays from its collections

Louisiana State Capitol

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

History

website

Louisiana State Cotton Museum

Lake Providence

East Carroll

Northeast

Agriculture

website, 7-acre (28,000 m2) museum complex includes planter's house, sharecropper's cabin, outhouse, commissary, general store, church, and museum exhibit hall

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

History

website, Louisiana history and culture

Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum

Oil City

Caddo

Northwest

Industry

website, exhibits include area oil and gas industry, Caddo Indians

Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum

Ville Platte

Evangeline

Cajun Heartland

Local history

Features Swamp pop memorabilia from the 1950s/1960s[33][34]

Louisiana Telephone Pioneer Museum

Jennings

Jefferson Davis

Southwest

Technology

Also known as the Children's Telephone Museum, located in the same building as the W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum[35]

LSU Galleries

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Art

website, operated by Louisiana State University, the Glassell Gallery is located at the Shaw Center for the Arts, the Foster Gallery is on campus in Foster Hall,[36] Union Art Gallery in the LSU Student Union[37]

LSU Museum of Art

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Art

Operated by Louisiana State University at the Shaw Center for the Arts

LSU Pioneer Heritage Center

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Open air

website, open by appointment, operated by Louisiana State University

LSU Rural Life Museum

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Open air

Includes 19th century plantation buildings, examples of different Louisiana buildings, and a barn with tools, household items and antique equipment

Madisonville Museum

Madisonville

St. Tammany

Baton Rouge area

Local history

Located in a historic courthouse[6]

Magnolia Mound Plantation

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Early 19th century plantation house and outbuildings

Magnolia Plantation

Derry

Natchitoches

Central

Open air

Part of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, mid 19th century plantation

Maison Jean Marie Laran Museum

Ville Platte

Evangeline

Cajun Heartland

Local history

Historic 1880s home filled with festival artefacts, period antiques and a collection of videos of persons born and raised in Evangeline Parish[38]

Mansfield Female College Museum

Mansfield

DeSoto

Northwest

Education

website, history and memorabilia of the first women's institute of higher learning west of the Mississippi River

Mansfield State Historic Site

Mansfield

DeSoto

Northwest

Military

Museum and preserved site of the American Civil War Battle of Mansfield

Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

Lake Charles

Calcasieu

Southwest

Amusement

website, Mardi Gras costumes, located inside the Central School Arts & Humanities Center

Marksville State Historic Site

Marksville

Avoyelles

Central

Archaeology

Prehistoric Indian mounds and museum

Marlene Yu Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Art

website, life and works of artist Marlene Tseng Yu

Martin Home Place Museum

Columbia

Caldwell

Northeast

Living

Late 19th-century cotton plantation house with demonstrations of farm life[39]

Masur Museum of Art

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

Art

Visual arts

Meadows Museum of Art

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Art

Part of Centenary College

Melrose Plantation

Melrose

Natchitoches

Central

Historic house

1830s plantation built by and for free blacks

Merryville Museum

Merryville

Beauregard

Southwest

Local history

website, operated by the Merryville Historical Society

Mooringsport Mini Museum

Mooringsport

Caddo

Northwest

Local history

website, photographs, paintings, prints and artifacts of local history

Multicultural Center of the South

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Culture

Includes art and cultural exhibits from many cultures

Museum of Political History

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

History

Housed in the Old Louisiana State Capitol, exhibits on Louisiana's political history

Museum of the Acadian Memorial

St. Martinville

St. Martin

Cajun Heartland

Ethnic

website, Acadian culture and migration to Louisiana

Museum of West Louisiana

Leesville

Vernon

Southwest

Open-air

Complex includes the 1917 Kansas City Southern Railway Depot, railroad section house, shotgun house, 1850s dogtrot house, and pioneer style barn[40][41]

Myrtles Plantation

St. Francisville

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

1796 plantation bed and breakfast open for tours

National Hansen's Disease Museum

Carville

Iberville

Greater New Orleans

Medical

Former sugar plantation and leprosy hospital

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

Children's

website

Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

African American

[42][43]

Nottoway Plantation

White Castle

Iberville

Baton Rouge area

Historic House

1859 plantation mansion

Oak Alley Plantation

Vacherie

St. James

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

19th century sugar cane plantation

Oakland Plantation

Natchitoches

Natchitoches

Central

Open air

Part of Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Oaklawn Manor

Franklin

St. Mary

Cajun Heartland

Historic house

Mid 19th century plantation mansion

Old Arsenal Museum

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Military

website, exhibits about historic powder magazine and the history of the State Capitol grounds

Old Louisiana Governor's Mansion

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Modeled after the White House

Old Town Hall Museum

Pineville

Rapides

Central

History

Restored 1935 town hall, exhibits about municipal government[44]

Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center

Opelousas

St. Landry

Cajun Heartland

Local history

website

Ormond Plantation House

Destrehan

St. Charles

Greater New Orleans

Historic house

18th century plantation home featuring historic life and architecture

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Art

Part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, collection includes 18th through 21st century European, Asian and American art

Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site

Plaquemine

Iberville

Baton Rouge area

Transportation

Historic canal lock and lockhouse museum

Pointe Coupee Parish Museum

New Roads

Pointe Coupee

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Creole house[45]

Port Hudson State Historic Site

Port Hudson

East Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Military

Museum and site of the longest siege in American history during the American Civil War from May 23 through July 9, 1863

Poverty Point State Historic Site

Pioneer

West Carroll

Northeast

Archaeology

Prehistoric mounds and museum

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Eunice

Acadia

Cajun Heartland

Culture

Includes Cajun history, language, music, architecture, clothing, religion, cuisine and farming, part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Rebel State Historic Site

Marthaville

Natchitoches

Central

Music

Country and folk music performers, history and instruments

Red River Crossroads Museum

Gilliam

Caddo

Northwest

Local history

Located in the Shreve Memorial Library, open by appointment only[46]

Republic of West Florida Museum

Jackson

East Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Local history

website, includes Civil War and military artifacts, antique cars, planes and carriages, Antebellum furnishings, ship models, wildlife, and musical instruments

River Road African American Museum

Donaldsonville

Ascension

Baton Rouge area

African American

History, culture and contributions of African Americans in Louisiana

Rivertown

Kenner

Jefferson

Greater New Orleans

Multiple

website, 16 block historic district that includes the Rivertown Science Complex, Kenner Heritage Park

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site

St. Francisville

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

19th century plantation

R. W. Norton Art Gallery

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Art

Collection includes American and European fine art, sculpture and decorative arts

Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum

Abbeville

Vermilion

Cajun Heartland

History

1920s period blacksmith shop[47]

San Francisco Plantation

Garyville

St. John the Baptist Parish

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

1850s period plantation house

Schepis Museum

Columbia

Caldwell

Northeast

Multiple

Local art and history[48]

Sci-Port

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Science

website, includes hands-on science and math exhibits, a space planetarium and domed IMAX Theater

Shadows-on-the-Teche

New Iberia

Iberia

Cajun Heartland

Historic house

19th century plantation home and gardens, operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sherman Fine Arts Center

Lake Charles

Calcasieu

Southwest

Art

website, part of McNeese State University, includes the Grand Gallery

Shreveport Railroad Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Railroad

History of railroads in and around Shreveport since 1860, operated by the Red River Valley Railroad Historical Society[49][50]

Shreveport Water Works Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Technology

Former water pumping station with preserved steam machinery

Simmesport Fishing Industry Museum

Simmesport

Avoyelles

Central

Maritime

Displays in the local library on fishing customs and traditions along the Atchafalaya River[51]

Slidell Cultural Center

Slidell

St. Tammany

Greater New Orleans

Multiple

Changing exhibits of art, history and science, located in City Hall[52]

Slidell Mardis Gras Museum

Slidell

St. Tammany

Greater New Orleans

Amusement

Accessed through the Slidell Museum, feature Carnival memorabilia including dresses, costumes, scepters, goblets and throws and historical scrapbooks[53]

Slidell Museum

Slidell

St. Tammany

Greater New Orleans

Local history

website, located in the old town jail

Snyder Museum

Bastrop

Morehouse

Northeast

Local history

website, local history, arts center

Southdown Plantation House

Houma

Terrebonne

Baton Rouge area

Local history

19th-century sugar manor house and home to the Terrebonne Museum with exhibits of local history, period displays and Native American culture

Southern Forest Heritage Museum

Long Leaf

Rapides

Central

Industry

website, lumber industry, features 57-acre (230,000 m2) complete sawmillfacility with steam-powered logging and milling equipment

Southern University Museum of Art in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Art

Operated by Southern University, African and African American art[54][55]

Southern University Museum of Art in Shreveport

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Art

Operated by Southern University, African and African American art[56]

Spring Street Historical Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Local history

website

St. James Culture and Heritage Center

Lutcher

St. James

Greater New Orleans

Local history

[57]

St. Joseph Plantation

Vacherie

St. James

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

19th century plantation

St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center

St. Martinville

St. Martin

Cajun Heartland

Multiple

Includes the African American Museum and the Museum of the Acadian Memorial[58]

Stage of Stars Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

Media

website, stars who have performed at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

Stagecoach Trail Museum

Mount Lebanon

Bienville

Northwest

Local history

Operated by the Mount Lebanon Historical Society

Stephens African American Museum

Shreveport

Caddo

Northwest

African American

website

TABASCO Pepper Sauce Museum

Avery ISland

New Iberia

Southeast

Brand History

Owned and Operated by McIlhenny Company producers of Tabasco saucehttps://www.tabasco.com/visit-avery-island/

Talbot Museum

Bossier City

Bossier

Northwest

Medical

Located in the Willis-Knighton Innovation Center, history of modern medicine and important area health figures[59]

Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum

Hammond

Tangipahoa

Baton Rouge area

African American

 

Tee Joe Gonzales Museum

Gonzales

Ascension

Baton Rouge area

Historic house

Open by appointment, home of the founding father of Gonzales[60][61]

Tioga Heritage Park and Museum

Pineville

Rapides

Central

Local history

website, preserved commissary building with exhibits of area history[62]

Touchstone Wildlife and Art Museum

Haughton

Bossier

Northwest

Natural history

website, mounted animal dioramas

Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Museum

Marksville

Avoyelles

Central

Native American

History and culture of the Tunica-Biloxi[63]

ULM Museum of Natural History

Monroe

Ouachita

Northeast

Natural history

website, part of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, natural history of North Louisiana, mounts of African, North American, and Asian animals, rocks, gems, and minerals, models and fossils of dinosaurs, ancient vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, area Native American artifacts

USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial

Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Maritime

Fletcher class destroyer museum ship

USS Orleck Naval Museum

Lake Charles

Calcasieu

Southwest

Maritime

Gearing-class destroyer museum ship

Varnado Store Museum

Franklinton

Washington

Baton Rouge area

Local history

Historic store with changing exhibits of local history and art[64][65]

Vermilionville

Lafayette

Lafayette

Cajun Heartland

Living

website, Cajun/Creole heritage and folklife park recreates life in the Acadiana area between 1765 and 1890

Vivian Railroad Station Museum

Vivian

Caddo

Northwest

Railroad

Historic depot with area railroad and local history displays, operated by the Historical Society of North Caddo

W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum

Jennings

Jefferson Davis

Southwest

History

website, 20th century general store with household and local cultural items and antiques, antique toys, Coushatta pine needle baskets

Washington Museum & Tourist Center

Washington

St. Landry

Baton Rouge area

Local history

[66]

Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum

Patterson

St. Mary

Cajun Heartland

Multiple

Exhibits on aviation and the cypress lumber industry, branch of the Louisiana State Museum

Welsh Museum

Welsh

Jefferson Davis

Southwest

Local history

[67]

West Baton Rouge Museum

Port Allen

West Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Multiple

website, includes the 1830s period Aillet House, plantation and shotgun cabins, local history displays

West Feliciana Historical Society Museum

St. Francisville

West Feliciana

Baton Rouge area

Local history

[68][69]

Westwego Historical Museum

Westwego

Jefferson

Greater New Orleans

Local history

Features an early 20th-century period hardware store, furnished upstairs living quarters with antique furniture[70]

Winter Quarters State Historic Site

Newellton

Tensas

Northeast

Historic house

Antebellum period cotton plantation house

Zachary Historic Village

Zachary

East Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge area

Open air

Eight buildings in a two block area[71]

Zigler Art Museum

Jennings

Jefferson Davis

Southwest

Art

Includes major movements in art from the Middle Ages to the present

 

Other Sites of Interest

 

San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca

www.ellengillisart.com

 

Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents

www.lsmdirectory.com

 

Silly Service—38 years of Federal Civil Service Overview (A book in progress)

www.ivanegillis.com

 




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