Learn more about the history surrounding Port Allen homes at the West Baton Rouge Museum. Stop in to see photos, documents, objects, art, historical structures, and many interesting and engaging exhibits. The museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Mondays and holidays, residents of West Baton Rouge Parish can get in for free and the cost for other visitors ranges from a mere $2 to $4 plus tax.
The primary themes of the West Baton Rouge Museum are rural life, urban development, local folklife, and sugar plantation history. It is truly fascinating to learn more about how people lived in their Port Allen homes before all of the modern day conveniences. Find a permanent collection including such items as medical equipment, tools, textiles, decorative art, furniture, weapons, documents, and photographs. Keep an eye out for rotating exhibits that speak to your interests as well. Explore the historic structures on the property including the Aillet House dated around 1830, three Allendale Plantation Cabins dated around 1850, 1870, and 1950, and the Reed Shotgun House dated around 1938.
The West Baton Rouge Museum is a wonderful resource for educators. Several field trip options are available. Kids really enjoy coming here to learn more about the past and get up close and personal with hands-on exhibits. This can also be a great place to come learn more about family history or maybe even see if you can find who else has lived in your Port Allen real estate. There is an extensive research collection here including books, maps, documents, photographs, and files on many families and structures that have been important to the development of West Baton Rouge Parish. Also be sure to regularly check the events calendar for special readings, lectures, discussions, and activities. Consider volunteering here if you enjoy being immersed in local history. Read more about the West Baton Rouge Museum and plan a visit.