WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH

PORT ALLEN, LOUISIANA

Louisiana Travel | Cajun Culture at West Baton Rouge Museum BY: Sarah Baudoin

The West Baton Rouge Museum offers numerous opportunities to learn about the heritage of Cajun Louisiana culture. From antique collections to information-packed exhibits, this museum interprets the early Cajun life.

When entering the grounds of the museum, there are many different buildings to see. From the main house, which holds a 1904 Sugar Mill Model, the process of growing and using sugarcane on a plantation is explained in depth. Behind the main house is an antique mill that was once run by mules to grind sugar cane. At the museum’s annual Sugarfest Festival held in October, this mill is put to work so that on-lookers can see how it was once used.

Walk through several different plantation cabins and a shotgun house stocked with antiques used in daily Cajun life. Walk through them and see how food was cooked, clothes were sewn and games were played.

Currently, there are several exhibits offered by the West Baton Rouge Museum for a limited time.

Until February 3, From Morning to Night: Domestic Service in the Gilded Age, will be shown. This exhibit is brought to the museum from the Maymont Foundation of Virginia and it shows the stories of the domestic servants and their daily lives on plantations.

Beginning January 19 and continuing until March 24, Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad, will showcase paintings, etchings and drawings by Joseph Holston. These pieces track events and lives of those who traveled the Underground Railroad.

On January 21, the museum will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a documentary film, “Citizen King”, showing at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

For more information on visiting the West Baton Rouge Museum, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

What Cajun Daughters love about the West Baton Rouge Museum: The West Baton Rouge Museum presents the lifestyle of Cajun life in a realistic way.  The machines and tools used by early Cajuns are shown in use and allow visitors to experience true Cajun culture.