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809 Kirby St., Central School Arts & Humanities Center,
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Property Description

Largest display of Mardi Gras costumes in the world. See costumes, history of King Cakes, Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana, and climb aboard a float!

The Mardi Gras Museum is a unique treasure in the Lake Area as it is the central place where traditions, history and artifacts are on display preserving the cultural heritage of the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana. 

The museum, located in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center at 809 Kirby Street, houses the largest collection of costumes in the South. The museum encompasses six rooms: the first room explains how Mardi Gras came about. The second room is the Captain's Den, with the third room dedicated to costume design. The fourth room gives the history of king cakes and the marvel of 12th Night. Ballroom costumes are on display in the fifth room, with the sixth room dedicated to Mardi Gras parades and all their wonder, including the sounds and excitement of a parade float that everyone can climb aboard.  

Directions

Located in downtown Lake Charles, from Interstate 10, travel south on Ryan St. to Kirby St., and then, take a left. The museum is located on the left hand side of Kirby in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center., 809 Kirby St.

Amenities
Disabled Traveler Information
  • Handicapped Accessible
Discounts
  • Group Discount
  • Senior Citizen Discount
  • Student Discount
Facility Amenities
  • Bus Parking
General Information
  • Open Year-Round
Guest Information
  • Family Friendly
  • Meeting/Tour groups welcome
Payment Options
  • Cash
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
Tour Information
  • Self-guided tours