The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum has been something of an historic monument in Shreveport-Bossier since it opened in 1939. Ask any Shreveport native 50 and up and they’ll tell you what a momentous occasion it was just to build the marble and granite structure. One could argue that the museum doesn’t get the kind of recognition it deserves with its 18 world-renowned dioramas made of beeswax and created by the museum’s second director. As someone who has grown up visiting the museum on school field trips, I must admit I never realized the significance of what I experienced walking through the halls of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.
Located at 3015 Greenwood Road in Shreveport, across from the State Fairgrounds, there is no better time to visit than now as the State Fair of Louisiana runs through November 13. Stop by and take in the massive fresco mural as you enter, and check out the life sized rotunda map of Louisiana. Some of their recent exhibits have gained popularity in the community like “Remember in Shreveport When—The Exhibit”. This parade of Shreveport memorabilia brought together generations of people who lived and worked in the community before Shreveport-Bossier was the metropolitan area that it is today. Currently museum goers can see everything from Blue Dog paintings to Russian relic-inspired art. One of the best things about this museum for the budget conscious individual is that it is absolutely free. The doors are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
I need your help with a question. I am a Shreveport native and in 1962, I want to say that my parents took my sister & I to the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. I seem to recall there being large taxidermy wild animal heads. These were mounted up high along the wall. I remember being terrified thinking that they were real. It is very possible that I have the wrong place due to the fact that our parents took us to see a lot of things. I would sure appreciate clarification. Thank you for your time & I will sure plan a visit in my next trip to Shreveport.