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Discover Your Roots

For nearly 60 years, the Imperial Calcasieu Museum has sat in the shade of the mighty Sallier Oak offering guests to experience how deep their roots run in local history. Just as the Sallier Oak has perceived the history of our area in its 375-year life, the Imperial Calcasieu Museum invites you see history come to life through its vibrant programming of fine art exhibits and cultural experiences.
The Imperial Calcasieu Museum was founded in 1963 and has been serving the five parish area of Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen, and Jeff Davis in Southwest Louisiana for 53 years.
The Museum is open 12 months of the year and offers a minimum of 36 weeks of cultural/visual arts programming of its own design and coordinates with other cultural and community organizations to support their programs/projects

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum is to encourage and support the visual arts and artists; enhance art awareness and appreciation by maintaining a strong arts education program by offering programs for all ages; & to collect and preserve objects and history unique to the history and culture of the old Imperial Calcasieu region.

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Artifacts & Memorabilia

The museum houses a permanent collection of artifacts and memorabilia depicting life in the old Imperial Calcasieu region from the Native Americans to the present. There are numerous items of special interest including period furniture, photographs chronicling the Great Fire of 1910, and other sentinel events in the history of the region. The Museum also boasts a permanent art collection including works of John James Audubon, Boyd Cruise, Angel Gregory, and Lynda Benglis.

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Gibson-Barham Gallery

The Gibson-Barham Gallery, a 2,500 square foot exhibition space, that hosts visual artists and historic & cultural exhibits on a revolving basis. Exhibits are self-curated and produced to have educational viability and meet established education criteria to foster the visual arts and preserve the unique culture and heritage of Southwest Louisiana. 

OUR HISTORY
Supported by a SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Marketing Grant from the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA. Funding for the Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants has been provided by the Nation Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act economic stabilization plan.

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