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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 petroleum industry, Acadian Cultural Center exhibits trace the history of Louisiana and the Cajun people.

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'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.

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 2014 cruising season begins Saturday, March 1, and ends Saturday, May 31. Tours cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District.

Special events and programs

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Did You Know?

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