Special Exhibit - "A Peek at Claire Decker's Art World" features the work of internationally exhibited artist Claire Decker, whose work reflects her love of animals, nature, and fantasy. The exhibit is on view through Wednesday, January 29. Decker will be on hand at the Acadian Cultural Center to discuss her work 1:00-3:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday in January. 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. 9:30-11:00 a.m. Saturdays, February 8, March 14, and April 11. Free.
Louisiana Talks & Tales - 10:00 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Explore local history and culture through a ranger program. No talk on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras 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. No film on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when the center is closed. Free.
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 park 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. Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page.