Louisiana Travel | Places to Visit: Museum of the Academy of the Sacred Heart


Museum of the Academy of the Sacred Heart

Built in1821, the Academy of the Sacred Heart is the second oldest institution of learning west of the Mississippi.  The on-campus museum is located on the second floor of the main school building, near the old infirmary where the first authenticated miracle in North America took place in 1866.

A young postulant in the Society of the Sacred Heart, Mary Wilson, was totally and instantaneously cured of a terminal illness after Blessed John Berchmans appeared to her while she lay dying in the infirmary.  The shrine of St. John Berchmans is located in the same room where the Miracle of Grand Coteau took place.

The main section of the museum is laid out like an old classroom.  You’ll find artifacts and mannequins dressed in the habits worn in the past by the nuns of the Sacred Heart.  An interesting document is the facsimile of the protective order written by Union General Nathaniel Banks instructing his troops to spare the academy from destruction during the Civil War.

Museum of the Academy of the Sacred Heart
1821 Academy Road
Grand Coteau, Louisiana