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Exhibits at the Louisiana History Museum

Alexandria Museum

Louisiana has a long and rich history. If you recently moved to the New Orleans or Alexandria area, you might enjoy learning more about that history. It's no secret that the state has many fantastic museums worth visiting! If you want to stop by a local museum offering insight into Alexandria's history, check out the Louisiana History Museum. This museum, located in downtown Alexandria, has a lot of interactive exhibits, making it a great place to visit with family. Here are the key facts our Realtors® feel will be helpful to know before you visit.

  • Location and Hours
    The Louisiana History Museum is located at 503 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301. This is right in the heart of downtown Alexandria, not far from some awesome Alexandria homes for sale. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby if you want to grab a bite to eat before or after your visit.

    The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. It is closed on Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Building History
    The building that the Louisiana History Museum is located in used to be the local public library. It has a brick facade like most buildings from this era. Since 1907, it has been a valued structure in the community. 

  • Admission
    The Louisiana History Museum does not charge an admission fee. You can visit for free, and you can even arrange for a guided tour if desired.

  • Museum Overview
    There are more than 50 displays inside the museum, so you could easily spend a few hours browsing. If you're a reader, you may even be able to fill a day. You'll find relics from the early days of Louisiana history, books about the region, and even profiles on authors and poets who have called Alexandria home over the years.

    If you're interested in genealogy and have had family in the area in the past, consider browsing the museum's genealogy files. You may discover some new insights into where your family came from. 

  • Key Exhibits
    One current exhibit worth seeing is the Brasher Plumbing Neon Sign, made by the Craig Sign Company. Read about this historic sign, how it was made, and the company's role in Louisiana history. Guests also enjoy the Newcomb Photograph Collection, which features nearly 700 photos. They all depict Central Louisiana in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 

    If you enjoy more interactive exhibits, check out Red River, a replica of a stern wheel ship that traveled down the Red and Mississippi Rivers in the 1900s. You'll learn a lot about how these ships worked and also about living on the river in this era.

    Another current exhibit, Central Louisiana in Postcards, displays over 250 postcards from the early 1900s. Each one shows an image of Central Louisiana at that time.

If you choose to visit the Louisiana History Museum, we hope you have a great time. We love the Alexandria area, and we think you will, too. Contact us if you're still looking for a home nearby. Our agents would be happy to help.


Events at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

Jazz Museum Events

When you tour New Orleans homes for sale, you're in the midst of one of America's truly unique hubs of culture. With its rich musical heritage, delicious food, and unmistakable French influences, our real estate agents are confident you'll have many reasons to fall in love.

New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz. Between New Orleans open houses, you should make time to visit one of the area's foremost institutions: The New Orleans Jazz Museum. Established back in 1961 and occupying the Old U.S. Mint Building, it seeks to conserve and share the history of jazz.

There's always something new to see, hear, and do at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Volunteers and staff keep up a busy calendar of events all through the year, and it's not too late to get in on the action.

Let's visit the museum and see some of its upcoming events:

  • Jazz Yoga
    Jazz Yoga is one of the most popular events held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and runs nearly every week – often twice a week. For example, you can catch it on Saturday, November 12, in the morning or Tuesday, November 15 in the afternoon. Participants of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy jazz, meditation, and mindfulness. To get the most from the experience, bring your own yoga mat.

  • Arrowhead Jazz Band
    Presented by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Arrowhead Jazz Band will be performing on Tuesday, November 22, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – a truly unique live jazz experience. Arrowhead is made up of a medley of National Park Service Rangers playing alongside other local musicians. In a fun-packed hour, they'll share a lively musical experience of New Orleans jazz, along with blues, gospel, and more.

  • The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating
    A signature program of the New Orleans Jazz Museum that local musicians look forward to each year! The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating will be returning for two hours this Tuesday, November 15. This early evening roundtable will discuss important issues for succeeding as an independent musical artist. The upcoming jam session focuses on managing your publishing catalog, estate planning, and termination of copyrights the right way.

  • The Brain and Miracles of Music
    Do you ever wonder what goes on in the brain during the intense, high-energy improvisation of a jazz riff? Dr. Randy M. Rosenberg, MD, an associate professor at Temple University's Louis Katz School of Medicine, will unveil the mysteries of music creation on Thursday, November 17, starting at 2 o'clock. Admission is free! The Brain and Miracles of Music will also feature live jazz music.

  • Beginner French
    Beginner French is another cornerstone program that's becoming much more frequent at New Orleans Jazz Museum. Led by The Alliance Française de La New Orleans, it will be that organization's first French course in the heart of the French Quarter – and many follow-ups are planned. To join the first session, which will meet for ten weeks, drop in on Saturday, November 19, at 10:00 in the morning.

  • 5th Annual Improvisations Gala
    Kick off the social calendar in December with one of the biggest nights in New Orleans Jazz, the 5th Annual Improvisations Gala. This iconic celebration takes place on Saturday, December 3, from 7 p.m. through to 10 o'clock. Some of the leading names in jazz from the local and national scene will take the stage as guests enjoy fine Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in New Orleans today.

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