“The Cabildo's sister building”
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. Other museums around the state include the Louisiana State Museum - Patterson in Patterson, Louisiana State Museum - Baton Rouge, the E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.
We only viewed the Katrina portion, but it was powerful and informative. A good stop to add a bit of edjumakashun to your road trip, my nine-year-old and I combed through the entire exhibit for nearly two hours. Sobering and sad, but not overwhelming. More sensitive subtopics can be skipped over or indulged as you like with video, audio, and descriptive panels. One area contains a man's diary he wrote on his apartment walls during the disaster is malted clearly as containing profanity and other adult references (alcohol, tobacco). Lots to learn about history, society, humanity, civil engineering, and environmental science.
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Louisiana State Museum
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