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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.

Special event: Researchers of the New Acadia Project will present findings from their 2014-2015 winter field expedition work at the Acadian Cultural Center at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18. The New Acadia Project is reclaiming lost history by locating, identifying, and investigating the homesteads and unmarked gravesites of the Acadians who migrated to south central Louisiana in the 1700s. The project's investigators are literally racing against time to save Louisiana's early Acadian history from commercial and residential development and the effects of time and weather. Join the researchers to find out what they've learned, how they've learned it, and what challenges lie ahead. The New Acadia Project is a collaboration between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation, the Acadian Heritage & Culture Foundation, Inc., and the Louisiana Public Archaeology Lab. Event is free and open to the public.

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. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information.

501 Fisher Road, Lafayette
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). Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page.

Regularly scheduled programs:

  • Tuesday through Friday at 2:45 p.m., rangers give free talks on local history and culture. Free.
  • 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. Spring 2015 cruising season is now underway through May 30. Tours cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District.

Special events and programs

For more information on Cajun history and culture, visit


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