1. Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park
300 Fisher Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508, USA
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Opened in 1990, Vermilionville is a living history museum and folklife park that promotes and propagates the cultural resources of the Acadian, Native American, and Creole people – from the time period 1765 to 1890. The park sits on a 23-acre site on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion with 19 attractions, including seven restored original homes with more than 13 local artisans that provide demonstrations on a variety of essential crafts performed by the early settlers.
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is defined by the belief that the disciplines of art and science shape and inform one another and that interdisciplinary experiences enhance the audience’s ability to make connections and discover new ways of seeing and thinking. The Art & Science Museum is located in a 1925 historic railway station, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in a thriving downtown area. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum seeks to enhance the understanding and appreciation of art and science for general audiences and students by presenting unique, educational and entertaining experiences that encourage discovery, inspire creativity, and foster the pursuit of knowledge.
Built in 1826 for local auctioneer Joseph Le Carpentier, the Beauregard-Keyes House encompasses a complex of 19th and 20th Century buildings and gardens. American born architect Francois Correjolles designed the house, and the raised center-hall cottage in Federal Style features both Creole and American architectural influences making the House a unique aspect of the French Quarter Landscape. Notable residents and namesakes of the House are Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and the late author Frances Parkinson Keyes.
Located on the University of Louisiana Lafayette campus not far from downtown and the Oil Center, the museum is comprised of two buildings, the original 1967 A. Hays Town plantation-style house and the newer state-of-the-art Hilliard Museum with three exhibition galleries and a gift shop featuring crafts by local artists. We collaborate with faculty and staff from UL’s nine colleges – including the College of Arts – as well as with local, national and international partners to present exhibitions and programs on the art of our time. We strive to bring you unique and interactive learning experiences that provide a new lens through which to view art, culture and the world around us. Our permanent collection at the Hilliard Art Museum is comprised of works by Louisiana artists, European and American painting, folk art, Japanese prints and Egyptian art. You’ll be surprised and inspired by the works that we spotlight in our exhibitions of the collection.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on maritime history, commerce and exploration and stages popular public events such as “The Wooden Boat Festival” in October each year. The museum also maintains the Tchefuncte River Light Station, a pre-civil war lighthouse.
Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
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Longue Vue House and Gardens is a historic location in New Orleans that features beautiful gardens and a historic home, which set the scene for a romantic and relaxing picnic. Source: https://www.thepicnicworld.com/best-picnic-spots/
16. New Orleans Jazz Museum – a Louisiana State Museum
400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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The New Orleans Jazz Museum is strategically located in the Old U.S. Mint–built in 1838–at the juncture of the French Quarter and Frenchmen Streets where Esplanade Avenue meets the river, an epicenter of live music in the city. The Museum celebrates the origins, evolution, and continuing relevance of New Orleans Jazz.
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution. The museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.
The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and research.
The Zigler Art Museum’s collection ranges from early folk paintings, to native craft, to contemporary painting and sculpture. Spanning several hundred years, the collection surveys and celebrates the development of visual art in Louisiana.
The Alexandria Zoological Park is a 33-acre zoo located in Alexandria, Louisiana, United States. First opened to the public in 1926, it is owned by the City of Alexandria and operated by the Division of Public Works. It is home to about 500 animals. The zoo was started in 1926 in Bringhurst Park as a row of cages.