Throughout the month of May 2018, dozens of local attractions will be participating in Be a Fan of Shreveport-Bossier. This annual promotion encourages locals and visitors alike to get out and discover new things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier by offering freebies, deep discounts, behind-the-scenes experiences and guided tours that are only available during the month of May. One of the attractions participating in Be a Fan of Shreveport-Bossier is the Shreveport Water Works Museum, a 130-year-old, steam-powered water works that is the only surviving facility of its kind in the United States.
During the month of May, if you visit the Shreveport Water Works Museum and purchase any item in their gift shop, you will receive a free DVD copy of the film Clean Water: Shreveport and McNeill Street Pumping Station. That DVD normally sells in the gift shop for $10, so you could purchase a $5 item in the gift shop and receive a $10 DVD in addition to your purchase – that’s a pretty sweet deal. The museum is open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free but donations of any size are appreciated. Read more about the DVD offer here.
If we’re being honest, the best reason to visit Shreveport Water Works Museum isn’t the free DVD – though it’s a nice bonus. The best reason to visit is because the place is so interesting, photogenic, and unique to Shreveport. The site itself is a National Historic Landmark, and the steam-powered waterworks was actually used by the city until it was retired in 1980. If you or someone you know is into history, engineering, steampunk culture, or just exploring quirky places, you should move this local museum to the top of your “must-visit” list.
If you luck into the opportunity to take part in a tour of the museum with Dale Ward, director of the Friends of McNeill Street Pumping Station, you’re in for a real treat. Ward is a passionate advocate for the preservation of this historic building, and he knows every square inch of it like the back of his own hand. Like the museum itself, Ward is a Shreveport treasure and a joy to spend time with.
Want to learn about the other Be a Fan of Shreveport-Bossier offers? Check them out at BeaFanofSB.com.