Louisiana Travel | Places to Visit: Imperial Calcasieu Museum


Imperial Calcasieu Museum

The museum is located on the home site of Charles Sallier, from whom Lake Charles gets its name.  The museum has an extensive historical collection representing the old Imperial Calcasieu Region which included what are now the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis.  Artifacts depict life in this region from pre-1850 through the early 1900’s through to the present. This includes a turn-of-the-century kitchen, barbershop, pharmacy and parlor.

The Gibson Library houses an extensive collection of original bird and animal prints of John James Audubon.  Exhibits of local, regional and nationally-known artists are displayed throughout the year.

The Sallier Oak and Lynda Benglis Sculpture Garden features the contemporary sculptures of Louisiana’s own Lynda Benglis and the famous 400-year-old live oak.  The Sallier Oak is a must see.  The tree is one of the oldest and largest oaks in the state.   Its massive limbs, covered with a top coat of Resurrection Fern, stretch far out upon the lawn.

Imperial Calcasieu Museum
204 West Sallier Street
Lakes Charles, Louisiana