Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Display case with guitar, banjo, accordion, and other instruments
Life in Louisiana's wetlands wasn't easy back in the day, but there was almost always time for a song or two.
THE WETLANDS ACADIAN CULTURAL CENTER IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 SAFETY CONCERNS. NO RE-OPENING DATE HAS BEEN DETERMINED. THE CENTER'S GROUNDS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Closure of the center was determined following guidance from the CDC, state and local health authorities, and NPS Public Health Service officers. Learn more at the alerts and conditions page.


TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Monday Night Music - 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Monday (no music on federal holidays when center is closed). Discover the wide range of south Louisiana's music: zydeco, gospel, blues, jazz, Cajun, and more. To find out who's playing, call the center at 985-448-1375. If you have suggestions or requests for performers, email the park. Free.

TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Share Your Stories - 10:00 a.m.-noon every Monday. Join Lafourche Parish Library staff, park rangers, and park volunteers to share your stories of life along Bayou Lafourche. The goal of the Share Your Stories project is to buld a collection of recorded stories that will be housed at the library for future historians and to encourage present-day thought and conversation. Free. At the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 West Fifth Street, Thibodaux.

TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Cercle Francophone - 5:30-7:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Come pass a good time speaking French (Cajun or otherwise). Help keep French alive in Louisiana---and if you don't speak French, come on along to watch linguistic history in action. No Cercle on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when the center is closed. Free.

TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Historic Thibodaux Walking Tour - 2:00 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Join a ranger for a walk through downtown Thibodaux and hear the stories of its past. No tour on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when the center is closed. Free.

TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Boat tours on Bayou Lafourche - 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Cruise into Louisiana's past on a ranger-guided boat tour. No tour on federal holidays when the center is closed. Learn more at the link.

Citizen science programs, training, and events - Join the team to learn about the world around you, record your observations, and share them to assist with scientific research.

Summer camps for kids---hope to see you in 2021!

The lives of the Acadians (Cajuns) and others whose travels brought them to Louisiana's bayous are featured at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux. Explore recreation, clothing, home furnishings, religion, cuisine, and fishing through exhibits, artifacts, videos, and films. A 200-seat theater is used for productions by the Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc., and other programs. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's park store has CDs, craft items, and books from cookbooks to children's stories on sale. Admission to the center and to most programs is free. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information.

314 St. Mary Street, Thibodaux
Open Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras (Tuesday, March 5, in 2019). Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here.

Special programs by reservation:


Last updated: July 6, 2020

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Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882

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