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Cultural Heritage

Down here, you'll experience life from a whole new perspective when you visit our art galleries, museums, cultural centers and historical sites. From rustic 18th century trapper cabins to our stunning antebellum plantation homes, you'll learn first hand about our centuries-old Cajun history and heritage. While here, make sure to stop in at our local art galleries or line up your trip to coincide with one of our many art festivals. You can also visit the colorful downtown murals, and definitely plan to stop at the Chauvin Sculpture Garden with over 100 life-size concrete statues created by famed artist, Kenny Hill. These sculptures are well worth the drive! 

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Art galleries, museums, cultural centers & historical sites

Acadian Deportation Cross Monument

7910 Park Avenue

Houma, LA 70364

The Acadian Deportation Cross Monument was created by the Société Nationale de l'Acadie and is located in front of the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. There are 10 monuments in all marking the journey of the expelled Acadians. Houma, Louisiana's monument is the first in the United States.   Panels in English and French tell the story of the Acadians' journey and the settlement in Terrebonne Parish. A map shows the routes taken by the Acadians following deportation. A cross adorns the top of the monument - a replica of the Grand Pre' deportation cross. 

Ardoyne Plantation

2678 Highway 311

Schriever, LA 70395

(985) 804-2271

Step back in time with this historic tour of a grand scale Victorian Gothic sugarcane plantation home. Direct descendants of the original owner still in residence today. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Original family furniture, China, art and collections. Guided tours are given at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Bus and school tours should call for reservations.

Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum

7910 Park Avenue

Houma, LA 70364 

(985) 580-7200

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00am-5:00pm and Saturday Noon-4:00pm.

Museum honoring the economic, social and historical culture of Terrebonne Parish. Cajun band performs on Tuesdays from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.

Chauvin Sculpture Garden & Nicholls State University Art Studio

5336 Bayouside Drive

Chauvin, LA 70377

(985) 594-2546

Named as one of the Top 25 Most Amazing Sculpture Gardens in the World by The garden has more than 100 concrete sculptures and is open from dawn to dusk. Free to the public.

Downtown Art Gallery 630

630 Belanger Street

Houma, LA 70360

(985) 851-2198

Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm.

Original art by local artists. Located in the heart of Houma's Historic District.

Finding Our Roots African American Museum

 918 Roussell Street

Houma, LA 70360


Celebrating African-American history in Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. Mary Parishes.

Hours of operation: Mon-Sat 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Houma Historical Downtown Houma

Downtown Houma

Houma, LA 70360

(985) 873-6408

See our centuries-old architecture and history come alive in our historical downtown district. 

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

8124 Highway 56

Chauvin, LA 70344

(985) 851-2800

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm.

LUMCON operates from the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie. Includes educational exhibits focusing on Louisiana's coastal resourches. The marine center is open for self-guided tours.

Regional Military Museum

1154 Barrow Street

Houma, LA 70360

(985) 873-8200

Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am-4:00pm. Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm.

The museum is a living history of the area's rich military past. Vehicles really run and weapons really fire. The library acts as a place of research for both family military history and educational instruction. Veteran volunteers offer first-hand accounts of their service.

Southdown Plantation & Terrebonne Museum

1208 Museum Drive

Houma, LA 70360

(985) 851-0154

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm

Southdown Plantation House is a 19th century manor house, slave quarters, gift shop and worker's cabin! Local history is told by a fully guided tour. Tours offered hourly, Last tour begins at 3:00pm. No credit cards.

Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center

317 Goode Street

Houma, LA 70360

(985) 873-6545

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:00am-5:00pm.

Dedicated to preserving Cajun culture, the center offers classes on Cajun dancing, cooking, crafts and decoy carving.

Terrebonne Parish Public Library

151 Library Drive

Houma, LA 70360

(985) 876-5861

Open Mon.-Thurs. 9am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun. 2pm-6pm. Home to an expansive genealogy section covering South Louisiana and Acadian genealogy. Books on other locations and fields of genealogy are also available.