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Discover the story of the Acadians who arrived in Louisiana in the 19th century through a historical exhibit and a Memorial which honors all 3,000 who arrived with a mural by Robert Dafford and audio interactive, a Wall of Names, an Eternal Flame...more
Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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121 S New Market St, Saint Martinville, LA 70582-4523
This museum is 2 in one. On one side is the story of how the people who are known as "Cajun" came to be. Where they came from and why. The history is fascinating considering it is a story of a whole ethnic group is...More
Dangerous design. People have been burned & hospitalized from the unmarked, unguarded "eternal flame" in the center of patio memorial.
A beautiful mural, exhibits, garden. Such a meaningful memorial. However, it is deeply irresponsible for the flame to remain as it is after injuries and...More
Last year we visited Nova Scotia where the Acadian diaspora sadly started. So on this trip to along the Gulf Coast we decided to close the loop and see the end journey of the people who ended up on Louisianna. Saint Martinville is considered the...More
Please don't miss this attraction but call ahead. We were here between Christmas and New Years and it was not open. I can recommend it from a previous visit. The mural and other depictions of the Acadian lifestyle from years ago is a must see.
Was closed in August of 2016, due to historic floods. Signage on door stated unknown re-opening date, so I would check before just showing up. There are other great sites to see in St. Martinville and New Iberia, but check before going to these museums.
I've recently taken an interest in genealogy, and this place was a must once I looked up my Cajun ancestors. A number of them are named on the memorial wall, and some of them were born and worked in St. Martinville.
Thanks to my sister and her love for Ancestry.com, I know far more about our Cajun roots. This little town and museum tells the old story of how 'cajun' came to be with the exiles from Acadia. This is worth the stop on your tour...More
It is truly amazing that a small town could have such a wonderful museum displaying the history of its people and their ancestors that settled the bayou country. Do not miss the video presentation on the history of the Acadians, their journey to Louisiana and...More