Black History of Mardi Gras

Celebrate and learn about the Black History of Mardi Gras at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. Mardi Gras would not be as rich without the influence of our black and brown communities. Experience intricate costumes, memorabilia and photographs, and histories of our Louisiana Krewes. This elaborate display is on loan from numerous Krewe collections and the Imperial Calcasieu Mardi Gras Museum.

Our Opening Reception for this exciting exhibit will be held on January 20th from 6-8 pm. Here you’ll be able to sample an array of SWLA’s local favorite King Cakes! You’ll also get another chance to visit Eddie Mormon’s Flora and Fauna of Louisiana art exhibit. This event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends and families and party the evening with us!

Lake Charles Native and self-taught artist, Eddie Mormon, is coming to the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. The Opening Reception is scheduled for January 13th, 2023, from 6 - 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Inspired by nature and a deep connection with the spirit, embark on an impressionistic journey from the ocean's depths to the mystical marshes of Louisiana, its bayous, banks, and luscious terrain. Mr. Mormon's impasto vision captures the essence of Louisiana's rich natural bounty for all to treasure.

More information about Eddie Mormon can be found on his website:

We are ecstatic to announce the return of one of our community favorites: The Upscale Attic Sale! Our Member Preview is set for October 10th: 10am - 6pm. General Admission is scheduled for October 11th - 16th: 10am - 6pm. Come browse unearthed treasures and antiques,  art and crafts ware, and other nostalgic and unique finds. Be sure to stop by, you'll find something that will take your breath away here!

If you are not currently a Museum Member, it's not too late to join our Museum Family. Call or email to support your Museum today!

Exhibition Dates: October 1 – November 5, 2022

There’s a change in the wind this October at the ICM! Explore through the history of Southwest Louisiana’s paranormal and strange tales. This exhibit might haunt you even after your visit!

Museum Hours are Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and $2 for seniors. Guided tours are available. For large group tours, please call our office to schedule in advance: (337) 439-3797.

You are cordially invited to The Lighting of the Oak!

Join us for an evening of cocktails under the stars as we light the boughs of the Historic Sallier Oak for the first fundraiser event since our reopening. All proceeds will benefit the ICM’s community outreach artistic programming, and continued cultural preservation.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased over the phone or in person during Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm

For more information, please call (337) 439-3797 or email:

You are invited to our second Art Under the Oak! Come have some Valentine fun and support our local artists and artisans!

“Connectivity.  With every form of connection at our disposal, we can be detached from life beyond the screen.  I am exploring the relationship between people, the tangible world, and the digital realm we connect through.”  – Jacob Dugas

Imperial Calcasieu Museum announces the opening reception of “Points of View” by Jacob Dugas, Thursday, January 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public. The exhibit will showcase a collection of Screenprints and Charcoal Drawings by local artist, Jacob Dugas. This series of work correlates with Dugas’s observation of the world around him and how it has become intertwined with technology.

The Mardi Gras Exhibit is on loan from the Mardi Gras Museum of the Imperial Calcasieu from Wednesday, Jan. 5 to Sunday, March 27. You will experience the finest of Southwest Louisiana historical Mardi Gras Culture including ornate costumes, shoes, crowns, masks, krewe banners, animatronics and more.

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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