A magnificent example of contemporary architecture, the museum evokes the region’s rivers and plowed fields with sinuous molded stone interiors and earth-colored exterior sheathing. It’s listed as one of the top 10 attractions in Natchitoches by TripAdvisor. The Sports Hall of Fame houses a collection of portraits and memorabilia celebrating the achievements of more than 300 Louisiana athletes, coaches and sports figures. Highlights include a football from Grambling State University presented to Eddie Robinson, the most successful coach in college football. A selection of baseballs signed by hall of fame inductee Mel Ott is featured and Archie Manning’s No. 8 New Orleans Saints jersey is on prominent display. Other exhibits and interactive media trace the history, variety and cultural significance of sports in Louisiana at all levels of play – amateur, scholastic and professional.
The Northwest Louisiana History Museum explores the rich heritage of the Cane River region. Visitors will find a fascinating array of artifacts, paintings, photographs, maps and other materials, many loaned from local collections, telling a story of how diverse peoples came together to create a rich and vital regional culture. Permanent exhibits explore the achievements of the great women of Louisiana, including folk artist Clementine Hunter, conservationist Caroline Dorman, historian Cammie G. Henry, and author Kate Chopin. For more information, visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org.