Acadian Cultural Center

Exhibit about racing in Louisiana's Cajun country
From horses to the oil industry, the Acadian Cultural Center's exhibits tell the story of Louisiana history and cultures.
WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Ranger talk - 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Learn about local history and culture through a ranger program. No talk on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras (February 28 in 2017) when the center is closed. Free.


The Cajun Way: Echoes of Acadia - Who are the Acadians and how did they become Louisiana's Cajuns? Find out through a 35-minute film that shares their history from their deportation from Nova Scotia in Canada to their settlement in south Louisiana. Shown on the hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. Free.

Dulcimer jam - Join the Cajun Dulcimer Society and its core group, the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society from Baton Rouge for dulcimer music: Cajun, country, Celtic, folk, and hymns. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in or just enjoy on the second Saturday of every month. 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9 (a special holiday show), and Saturday, January 13. Free.

Qigong class - Based on an ancient Chinese health care system, Qigong exercise integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention. Certified instructor Dennis Wise leads the class, which will be held outside on the Acadian Cultural Center's scenic grounds on the first Saturday of every month (if weather is bad, class will meet inside). Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6 (no class in December). Free.

Ranger-guided boat tours on the good ship Cocodrie cruise Bayou Vermilion in spring and fall; follow the link for dates, times, and ticket information. Tours cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District. Fall cruising season is over; see you in the spring!


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
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 28, in 2017). Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page.

Special programs by reservation:

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Last updated: December 1, 2017

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419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone:

(504) 589-3882

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