The Museum is taking a Summer Break! Please note that due to observation of the holidays, we will be closed from July 4th to July 6th and will resume our regular business hours on Friday, July 7th.

Art Under the Oak

As the flowers bloom and the sun shines brighter, the Imperial Calcasieu Museum is thrilled to announce the return of Art Under the Oak! Join us for a delightful family-friendly festival beneath the MajesticSallier Oak on March 24th from 12 pm to 3 pm. (If it’s rainy, the festival will be moved inside the museum).

There is so much to look forward to! Our good friend, the Easter Bunny, will be hopping on over to help spread cheer and excitement among children and adults alike. Create some cherished memories with ourdear bunny friend by joining in on our Bunny Games. Experience the wonder of nature up close at the Almosta Ranch's mini petting zoo, where gentle animals await to enchant visitors of all ages. From fluffy bunnies and ducks to Munch the tortoise, it's an opportunityto connect with the wonders of the natural world.

Indulge your senses in a vibrant pop-up market brimming with local arts, crafts, and delectable treats. As we say, "Shop Local Arts, Eats, and Treats," and support the talents of our community while savoringdelicious bites and discovering unique treasures. Vendors participating include: Maya Designs, Deb Barbier Pottery, K. Soileau Designs, Whimsical Banana, ICM Face Painting, BS Pottery, Paint & Fire, SWACO Socks, Manipura Artisanal Soaps, Squirrelly Scribbles,Laser It Studios, Ulalune Studio, Art of Page Gardner, Rosemary Jesionowski, Homestyle Candle Co, Hilliard Home, Bayou Bling by JC, The Mac Box, Carolyn’s Creations, Hilicious Food Truck, Sweet Citrus Lemonade, and Diana’s Cakes, Confections, and more.

Explore the rich tapestry of history and culture at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, with complimentary admission for all Art Under the Oak attendees. Our current history exhibits include: The History of Mardi Gras, the Hall of Heroes, and But Not Forgotten featuring local legacies.

And don't forget to catch a last look at the creativity of our region's young artists at the CPSB Student Art Exhibition, marking the culmination of their talent and dedication. Join us in applauding their achievements and fostering a love for the arts in the next generation.

With free admission for all, Art Under the Oak invites one and all to revel in the spirit of spring, connect with the community, and rejoice in the wonders of creativity. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiastor simply seeking a day of outdoor enjoyment with loved ones, this event promises an unforgettable experience for all.

POSTPONED UNTIL 1/24, 6 - 8 PM!  Laissez les bons temps rouler!   Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at our upcoming History of Mardi Gras Exhibit. Explore the rich cultural tradition behind the famous Mardi Gras colors, uncover the origins of the first King Cake, and so much more!  

Feast your eyes on intricate and flamboyant Mardi Gras costumes, graciously on loan from the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu and some of SWLA Krewe's. 

 Save the date! The Opening Reception is on Wednesday, January 24th, from 6 - 8 PM. It's open and free to the public. Stop by to enjoy delicious refreshments, savor mouthwatering King Cakes, and discover something new about everyone's favorite holiday season! 

Exciting News from the Imperial Calcasieu Museum!

We are thrilled to unveil Cohort One of the Residency at the Museum!  Join us in celebrating the artistic brilliance of Robbie Austin, Chuck Morgue, and Camille Vizena, our phenomenal 2023 Residents.

After nine months of dedicated creativity, these talented artists have crafted a collection of breathtaking works that showcase their unique perspectives and boundless imagination.

Mark your calendars and be prepared to be captivated by the culmination of their artistic journey.  Join us at the exhibition to witness the magic unfold and immerse yourself in the world of creativity!

This program couldn't have been possible without our generous sponsors and supporters:

The City of Lake Charles
The Shearman Foundation
Visit Lake Charles
Brashear Law
The Reynolds Family
The Filo Family
Bob and Sara Jones

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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