Calendar

Feb
1
Thu
Rum Revelry – A Masquerade Gala Event
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

West Baton Rouge Museum pleased to announce Rum Revelry, a masquerade gala event set for the opening night of the Creole du Monde exhibit on Thursday, February 1 at 6 p.m. Carnival costumes are optional but encouraged.

In the heart of carnival season, Rum Revelry will enchant revelers ages twenty-one and over with a stunning live performance by Casa Samba, New Orleans leader in Brazilian entertainment who will enamor the audience with an authentic Brazilian Carnival and folk arts experience, a tignon salon featuring head dress tying demonstrations by Dianne Honore, a cigar station featuring hand-made cigars from around the world hosted by Cigar Factory of New Orleans, and rum tastings made from Louisiana sugar cane hosted by Cane Land Distilling Company, Louisiana’s original estate distilled rum.

The crown jewel of the evening, the Creole du Monde exhibit promises to be a breathtaking display of artifacts, textiles, portraits, furnishings, and rare paintings that will focus on language, customs, agriculture, history, politics, and commerce related to Creole culture.

Mar
3
Sat
Fait à la Main: Acadian Handicrafts
Mar 3 – Aug 5 all-day

On March 3, 2018 the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Fait à la Main: The Acadian Handicraft Project. This exhibit will feature traditional Acadian handiwork such as brown cotton woven textiles, hand sewing and wood crafts created by Louisiana artisans who participated in the handicraft project. Crafts produced by modern artisans will also be featured to show how Acadian traditions are being kept alive today.

The Acadian Handicraft Project began in 1942 and was based at Louisiana State University. Its purpose was to support French language and culture in Louisiana. Field representative Louise Olivier traveled the state purchasing crafts, mostly textiles, from Acadians and marketed them for sale. The project provided a sales outlet and source of income to Acadian women who had not previously worked outside the home, as well as encouraged craftspeople to continue the traditions involved in creating these pieces. Mrs. Olivier worked with internationally known writers and magazines, providing them material about Acadian culture that would help to promote the Acadian Handicraft Project. The Acadian Handicraft Project was at the height of its popularity in 1962 when Louise Olivier passed away, but the seeds for CODOFIL, the Council for Development of French in Louisiana, were planted and the traditions of Acadian craftwork were preserved. This exhibit is based on research conducted by the LSU Textile and Costume Museum and runs through August 5, 2018.

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 5 all-day
Aug
18
Sat
50th Anniversary Gala
Aug 18 all-day
Golden Anniversary: Treasures from the Collection
Aug 18 – Oct 28 all-day

In honor of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s 50th Anniversary, the West Baton Rouge Historical Association is opening the vault to display objects from our collection that document the rich cultural history of our parish. Many of these objects will be on display for the first time!

Aug
20
Mon
Enrichment Monday – Gramercy Sugar Refinerary
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Staff, volunteers, and future volunteers are invited to tour the sugar refinery in Gramercy. To make reservations to attend, please call 225-336-2422 Ext. 201. FREE.

Oct
20
Sat
Malaika Favorite: Washboard City
Oct 20 2018 – Jan 20 2019 all-day

Louisiana folk artist Malaika Favorite is known for her creative interpretations of history. In her latest series, Washboard City, scrub-boards are used as a symbol of the hard work, discipline, and determination of black women in the south.

Nov
3
Sat
Picturing Nam
Nov 3 – Dec 30 all-day

This exhibit, curated by the National Archives, features some of the hundreds of thousands of photographs that military photographers stationed in Vietnam took to document American Armed Forces activities.

Nov
19
Mon
Enrichment Monday – Field Trip to The Water Institute and LSU River Model
Nov 19 all-day

If interested, contact Gwenn LaViolette at 225-336-2422 x201. FREE.

Dec
17
Mon
Enrichment Monday – Alma Sugar Mill Field Trip
Dec 17 all-day

If interested, contact Gwenn LaViolette at 225-336-2422 x201. FREE.