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Address: 204 W Sallier St, Lake Charles, LA 70601-5844
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+1 337-439-3797
10:00 - 17:00
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History museum, depicting history of Lake Charles and area

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Lovely little museum, world class exhibit

My boyfriend and I visited the Imperial Calcasieu Museum on Friday (2/10/17) to see the Alex Labry photographic exhibit -- "Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc" -- and it was... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

My boyfriend and I visited the Imperial Calcasieu Museum on Friday (2/10/17) to see the Alex Labry photographic exhibit -- "Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc" -- and it was absolutely delightful. (We were taken by local friends so I have no idea what the ticket price was or whether gratuity was involved, sorry.) The Joan of Arc exhibit was... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

WOW! This is a not-to-be-missed attraction in Lake Charles. The museum, located in the historic Arts and Humanities Center, houses the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes in the world! They even have a place to try on costumes and head pieces. It is a self-guided tour, but a docent checked in with us throughout our tour to answer questions... More 

Thank jms_alexVA
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Small but interesting. The tree alone is worth the trip. It is huge and beautiful. Well maintained and a nice sitting area

1 Thank Connie P
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

I have never been inside this museum. The hours that I work are not compatible with the hours that they work. However, you MUST go here. It doesn't matter if they are open or not, you can still see tree out back. It is unbelievable. A photographers dream. Take the kids. Take the grandparents. The tree is incredible. Yes, I... More 

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Reviewed 20 May 2015

This museum offers lots of info about the history of SW Louisiana. There are displays of items that would have been used by early residents and many early photos. There's also a wonderful collection of Audubon prints and an art gallery that displays local art, as well as traveling exhibits.

3 Thank rivernan0
Austin, TX
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Reviewed 31 December 2014

I think this is a decent museum, very small, but it offers key insights into the history of Lake Charles. Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish was a "no man's land" between Spanish Texas and French Louisiana. The museum covers the interesting history of the area and how it came to be part of Louisiana. There is also an art exhibit... More 

4 Thank crazyAustin
West Drayton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

I'm afraid to say that this isn't one of the best museums I have ever been to, but please don't let that put you off going as your thoughts may differ from mine. The idea is great but there just aren't enough exhibits due to the small size of the building to make this attraction anything more than just average.... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Museum features an art gallery as well as exhibits from years past. Old pharmacy setup, complete with antique apothecary jars and doctors' equipment. On the lawn stands the Sallier Oak, a live oak tree that has stood there for over 100 years, dripping with Spanish moss. Oh, how we wish it could talk!

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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

It's small, but packed. It's worth a visit. The place is packed with a little bit of everything. The guy who was working there was very enthusiastic and friendly. The museum has things from every day life in the late 1800s - 1940s ish time frame - lots of interesting things to look at. It's not too big, and it... More 

1 Thank ehall
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Stuffed with historic artifacts and tidbits, the museum is on the grounds of Charles Sallier's cabin. Huge, romantic oak tree is estimated to be almost 400 years old.

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