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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Acadian Cultural Center - Lafayette

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From wagon wheels to the oil industry, the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells the story of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other groups who live in Louisiana.

The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana's wildest place. Portable media players with guided tours of the museum in French, Spanish, and English can be borrowed at the visitor center information desk. Kids can explore the center and earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store sells local crafts, music, and books, including cookbooks and children's stories. Admission to the center is free. Click here for directions and for program listings for specific dates.

501 Fisher Road, Lafayette
337-232-0789
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 17, in 2015). Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here. Note that the center will close at noon on Wednesday, January 7, and remain closed through Saturday, January 10, so that staff may work at the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial (come join us!).

Regularly scheduled programs:

  • Tuesday through Friday at 2:45 p.m., rangers give free talks on local history and culture. Free. No talk Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 26, or Thursday, January 1; center closed for federal holidays. Note also the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial closures noted above.
  • The Cajun Way: Echoes of Acadia is a 35-minute film that shares the history of the Acadian people from their deportation from Nova Scotia in Canada to their settlement in south Louisiana. The film is shown on the hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. Free.
  • In spring and fall, ranger-guided boat tours on the good ship Cocodrie cruise Bayou Vermilion, first settled by American Indians and later home to farmers, trappers, and traders. Tours cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District.

Special events and programs

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