Explore the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum
Every day is “game day” at the dazzling Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and culture comes to life at the Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.
The year of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum’s opening, the structure was ranked first in Azure Magazine’s 2013 Top 10 Architecture Projects list alongside projects such as the Louvre-Lens in France and The Shard in London. It’s magnificent example of contemporary architecture evoking the region’s rivers and plowed fields with sinuous molded stone interiors and earth-colored exterior sheathing.
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
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.
Northwest Louisiana History Museum
Also housed in the incredible building is the Northwest Louisiana History Museum, which 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.
Learn more about the museums in the Louisiana State Museum collection.