The Imperial Calcasieu Museum serves the five parish area of Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen, and Jeff Davis in Southwest Louisiana.

The Museum is a well established 501c3 cultural organization supporting visual arts and artists, and cultural preservation. It has served our community for 54 years and is the only arts and cultural museum serving the area.

The mission is to exhibit and support the visual arts, maintain a strong arts education program by offering educational opportunities, and to preserve the unique culture and history of the region.

The vision statement is to position the ICM as the leading fine arts and cultural center for the region by increasing awareness, participation, and involvement.

The Museum is supported by individual and corporate contributions, sponsorships, grants, fund raisers (Art of Fashion Design; Boogaloo) and some fees for services. The average monthly cost to operate the facility is $10,000 and 88% of the operating budget is spent with local vendors, suppliers, printers and contractors.

Lake Charles water front & skyline circa 1930.

Programming areas are:

The Museum:

  • Houses a permanent collection of the consisting 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.
  • Houses 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. Past exhibits have included a week long residency by Tibetan Monks to produce a mandala, a intricate sand painting, on site, Hurry On Down: the life of jazz singer Nellie Lutcher, Modernist Master from the New Orleans Museum of Art: MirĂ³, Matisse & Picasso, local, national & internationally know artists and craftsmen, and “Java: the history of Louisiana’s coffee roasters”.
    The exhibit season annually includes the Calcasieu Parish K-12 Art Students Juried Show. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum is the only museum in the state hosting its Parish Art students in an annual exhibit.


The Annex Gallery

  • Currently closed for remodel.