Volunteer Tante (Aunt) Ruth shares a story with local children.
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. Kids can explore the center and earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center bookstore sells music, books, and crafts. Admission to the center is free. Click here for directions and for program listings for specific dates.
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, March 4, in 2014). Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here.
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. Tours cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District. Fall cruising season is now underway through Saturday, November 30 (no tour on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28). Tours leave at 10:30 a.m. and return at noon. Note that although boat tours are offered Tuesday-Saturday, National Park Service rangers lead the tour on Tuesday and Thursday only.
Special events and programs
- field trips for school and other groups by reservation.
- Girl and Boy Scout programs.
- dulcimer jam 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. The Cajun Dulcimer Society and its core group, the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society from Baton Rouge, share their music. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in or just enjoy. Free.
- for National American Indian Heritage Month in November, the center will feature a special display and show films on the subject upon request. Also on request, the 2:45 p.m. talk will highlight Louisiana's Indian nations.
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