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Visit the Best Museums in Louisiana
Fans of museums have plenty to choose from when visiting Louisiana. Start with the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe, LA., which is an interesting Coca-Cola museum. Then, set your sights on the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Here is where the Cajun culture is preserved and music is a big part of that.
The Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge is a state museum dedicated to maintaining the history and culture of Louisiana. Just as the name suggests, the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum has artifacts from the confederation and the Civil War.
For you foodies, check out the Food and Beverage Museum. You’ll find the Museum of American Cocktails there as well. Soak up art and science at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. The Louisiana History Museum lets you learn about the social aspects of the state. Learn about historical artifacts at the Museum of West Louisiana.
Learn more about America’s place at the National WWII Museum. Have fun with the little ones at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. Round out your museum experience at the Backstreet Cultural Museum.
Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
Located along the Oucahita River and north of downtown Monroe, the Biedenharn Museum and Garden is must-see historical attraction and a staple of northern Louisiana. The museum, constructed in 1913, was originally the home of Joseph Biedenharn – otherwise known as the first bottler of Coca-Cola.
On-site attractions include the ELsong Garden, featuring a variety of flowering plants, a conservatory, and the Wagnerian Fountain. Too, guests won't want to miss the Coke Museum chock-full of Coca-Cola memorabilia, a Model T delivery truck, and an original Coca-Cola five cent vending machine.
Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Honoring individuals who have contributed to Cajun music and culture, the Cajun Music Hall of Fame opened in 1997. The Hall of Fame Museum is located a block from downtown Eunice, next to the Eunice Museum – the birthplace of Eunice.
Visit the Cajun Hall of Fame Museum to see an impressive collection of musical instruments, records, and photographs of entertainment legends. The museum is operated by the Cajun French Music Association, and is a must-see for any country music fan visiting Cajun Country.
Capitol Park Museum
Measuring in at nearly 70,000 square feet, Capitol Park Museum is a recent addition to the Capitol Park and Louisiana State Capitol area in Baton Rouge. The museum most notably features an authentic Civil War submarine raised from Lake Pontchartrain.
Spread across two floors, other museum must-sees include exhibits documenting everything from Louis Armstrong to Mardi Gras to Jim Crow. The museum features two permanent exhibits, as well as a variety of rotating exhibits and special events focusing on culture and history in Plantation Country.
Confederate Memorial Hall Museum
Built in 1890, the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is a historical museum dedicated to showcasing artifacts pertinent to the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. The museum is located in New Orleans, near Lee Circle and the Lower Garden District.
The oldest museum in the state, Memorial Hall has an unmatched collection of authentic Civil War artifacts and memorabilia – special exhibits include the Red River Campaign Special Exhibit. During a trip through NOLA, be sure to browse the weapons and uniforms collections.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Dedicated to preserving and showing the illustrious culinary history of the Greater New Orleans area, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum features exhibits, videos, and collections of oral history in a 30,000 square foot building in downtown New Orleans.
Explore the food and drink of many cultures, including African, Caribbean, French, and German, and how they all combine into unique and delicious recipes. Don't miss special events and seminars, which are often hosted by renowned institutions and restaurants in the area.
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Nestled neatly in downtown Baton Rouge in the heart of Plantation Country, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum is a fun-filled museum complex fit for visitors of all ages. The museum houses a host of permanent exhibits, including Ancient Egypt, Solar System, and Universe Gallery.
Visitors are encouraged to take in a show at the museum planetarium – shows range from Flight of the Butterflies to Lewis & Clark Great Journey West. Plan your visit accordingly and stop in on one of the many events, like Far-Out First Friday, and the rotating exhibits.
Louisiana History Museum
Located in downtown Alexandria, the Louisiana History Museum offers a glimpse into the past. This central Louisiana museum was established a few blocks from the Red River in 1971, in the 1907 Alexandria Public Library.
View more than 50 museum exhibits including, Native Americans in Louisiana, the American Revolution, Camp Beauregard Army Camp During World War I, and Famous Figures In Louisiana. Before leaving the museum, take a few moments to also visit the Alexandria Genealogical Library located upstairs.
Museum of West Louisiana
Established in 1987, the Museum of West Louisiana preserves the culture and heritage native to west-central Louisiana and the Vernon Parish. Located the Leesville the museum houses an unmatched collection of regional folk art and artifacts.
Adding to its charm, the museum is set inside a former Leesville Kansas City Southern Depot building, dating back to the early 1900s. The building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and became the museum soon after.
National WWII Museum
Located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, the National World War II Museum preserves the history and actions of the United States during World War II, particularly the events of the Battle of Normandy and D-Day. It has been designated as the World War II Museum for America by Congress.
Explore real war-time artifacts and objects, including a Sherman tank, Divebomber, B-17, and Higgins Landing Craft, which was known for being manufactured in the Greater New Orleans area. The museum is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
Located along the banks of the Ouachita River in downtown Monroe, the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum is chock-full of interactive exhibits kid-friendly fun. The museum features a variety of exhibits including the Health Hall, Bubbleworks, and the Earth Balloon.
The museum hosts a collection of seasonal, northern Louisiana events, like the Spring Home Tour, Santa's Christmas Village, and July: Summer Play. Custom parties and get-togethers can be scheduled at the museum as well.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum
Located in downtown New Orleans, the Backstreet Cultural Museum features a vast display of Mardi Gras Indian costumes, cultural artifacst, and photographs. The museum was founded by Sylvester Francis when he began taking photographs of Carnival celebrations, jazz funerals and parades in the late 1960's.
Throughout the years, the museum grew and relocated into the former Rhodes Funeral Home. Stroll through the museum to see one of the world's most comprehensive collections of African American cultural items, of this kind. The museum also hosts many events throughout the year.