The Louisiana State
Museum New Orleans
New Orleans' most prominent heritage attraction is the Louisiana
State Museum, a complex of national landmarks housing thousands
of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana's legacy
of historic events and cultural diversity. The Museum operates
five properties in the famous French Quarter: the Cabildo,
Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and Madame John's Legacy.
Also the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum in Patterson,the
Old Courthouse in Natchitoches, and the E.D. White Historic
Site in Thibodaux.
The Cabildo in New Orleans
The Presbytere New Orleans
1850 House at The Lower Pontalba --New Orleans
The Arsenal New Orleans Creole House and Jackson House
Old U.S. Mint New Orleans
The E. D. White Site Labadieville
Old Courthouse Museum Natchitoches
Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum Patterson
These museums offer an interesting look at the culture and
diversity that make Louisiana such an interesting place to
live or visit. The museums are located in all geographic parts
of the state and offer a unique look at the history of our
The Delta Music Museum Ferriday, LA
Previously known as the Ferriday Museum and housed in a small
bank building, the Delta Music Museum is the newest addition
to the Louisiana Department of State's Historic Museums Program.
Located in Concordia Parish and just a few minutes away from
historic Natchez, Mississippi, Ferriday, Louisiana was home
place to entertainers Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley, evangelist
Jimmy Swaggart, blues trombonist Pee Wee Whittaker, General
Claire Chennault, and newscaster Howard K. Smith, and is now
home to the new museum.
The building, constructed in 1939-40, has been completely
remodeled to accommodate the museum's exhibits, and includes
space for live performances and future interactive exhibits.
Many of the building's original features have been restored
and help to create a special nostalgic ambience for visitors.
The new museum will consist of interpretative and interactive
exhibits focusing on the history, music and culture of the
Louisiana-Mississippi Delta region. Music galleries with interactive
music kiosks, mannequins and more are planned. The museum
will also recognize other national figures such as General
Chennault, Howard K. Smith and Ann Boyar Warner, who married
Hollywood producer Jack Warner.
The Garyville Timber Museum Garyville, LA
The Garyville Timbermill Museum commemorates the days when
highly-prized cypress lumber flowed from Louisiana's woods
and swamps for export all over the world. Located on the site
where the largest cypress mill in the world once stood, the
Garyville Timbermill Museum features photographs, documents
and charts from early days of one of Louisiana's most important
industries. The Lyon Cypress Lumber Company, which established
the cities of Garyville and Livingston, La. is prominently
featured. The Garyville Timbermill Museum was recently acquired
by the Secretary of State's Office and is currently closed.
The Secretary of State's Office is putting together plans
and securing funding for the museum, which will reopen.
The Old Arsenal Museum
Baton Rouge, LA
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Old
Arsenal Powder Magazine was constructed in 1838 when it was
determined the original was too small and too close to the
Pentagon Barracks. The magazine's importance as a military
arsenal was reflected its in early U.S. service to the southwest
territory, its use as a major staging area for the Mexican
War, and its strategic sought-after location during the Civil
The Old State Capital
Baton Rouge, LA
Built in 1847 on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi
River, Louisiana's Old State Capitol has withstood fire, scandal,
bitter debate, abandonment, political entanglements and war
to become one of the state's most significant contributions
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The Louisiana Military Museum Ruston, LA
The Louisiana Military Museum located in Ruston is a fitting
memorial to all citizens of the state who have served in the
The museum houses a vast collection of memorabilia,
artifacts, historical data and exhibits spanning all wars
from the American Revolution thru the Gulf War. The museum
is located at 201 Memorial Drive, Ruston, LA 71270. (318)
255-2770. This museum was added to the Secretary of States
Museums Program during the 2003 legislative session.
The Louisiana State Cotton Museum Lake Providence,
The Louisiana State Cotton Museum opened under the Secretary
of State's Office in 1995 to preserve the history and heritage
of cotton cultivation and its influence on life in Louisiana.
To meet this goal, there are currently four exhibits on display:
The History of Cotton; The Impact of Cotton on Westward Expansion;
The Impact of Cotton on Society and Culture; and the Impact
of Cotton on Economy (technological advances, uses, the New
Orleans Cotton Exchange, etc.)
The museum consists of several structures in a rural plantation
setting on the banks of Lake Providence. An original farmhouse,
circa 1840's, serves as office space for the museum staff,
and a new 3,600 square ft. facility has been built to showcase
exhibits and feature an audio-visual area.
houses an original Gullet Cotton Gin, circa 1920. In addition,
an authentic sharecropper's cabin, has been moved to the site.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.
No admission is charged. Call (318) 559-2041.
The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum - Shreveport, LA
Constructed in 1937 during the Great Depression Era, the Louisiana
State Exhibit Museum is an Art Deco masterpiece designed by
Shreveport architect Edward Neild. It houses a variety of
educational frescoes, dioramas, murals and exhibits constructed
to be of interest for the entire family. Its 1/8 mile-long
rotunda features displays that provide an excellent understanding
of Louisiana's history, agriculture, industry and technology.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991,
the museum highlights 22 world-renowned dioramas created from
beeswax by its first director, artistic genius Henry B. Wright.
Unique among museum structures, the doughnut-shaped building
houses exhibits down the middle and on both sides of its long
Showcased at the rotunda's entrance are two gigantic
frescoes painted by noted artist Conrad Albrizio; while inside,
a large relief map, 49 feet in circumference, depicts Louisiana's
Stretching from the circular portion of the museum are two
wings the west containing the finest Native American
prehistory exhibition in the state, and the east featuring
an auditorium with a spacious stage and seating capacity for
A basement below the east wing houses the J. Ashley
Sibley Memorial Archive and archaeological laboratory.
the museum Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM and weekends
from noon to 4 PM. Regular admission is $3 for adults and
$1 for students aged 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are admitted
free. Admission is free to everyone on the first Sunday of
the month. Scheduled school tours are free. Admission may
be more for special exhibits. Call (318) 632-2020.
The Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum - Oil City, LA
Housed in the city's old railroad depot, which was donated
by Kansas City Southern Railroad, the Louisiana State Oil
and Gas Museum features an oil derrick donated by Texaco and
a variety of early oil field equipment. It was formed in 1969
by a group of citizens dedicated to preserving the historical
importance of the area, site of the 1911 "Ferry No. 1"
well, one of the world's first over-water discovery wells.
Artifacts include a wooden flow line pipe, an electric motor
patented in 1899, a steam-driven fluid pump, pipe tongs and
other early equipment.
There is also a large collection of
early boomtown and gusher photographs. Another part of the
museum the Caddo Indian Room features Caddo
Indian relics and arrowheads dating back 10,000 years.
In addition to historic boomtown buildings and outdoor exhibits,
a new 12,000 sq. ft. facility has been added for future exhibits.
The museum is open from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
There is no admission. Call (318) 995-6845.
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