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.

Feb
3
Sat
Mask-Making Family Workshop
Feb 3 all-day

Families of all ages are invited to find their way to making amazing wearable masterpieces to keep after following a scavenger hunt stocked with surprise activities through the museum’s 3-D Beads: A Mardi Gras Art Celebration and Creoles du Monde exhibits. This program is free and open to the public.

Feb
23
Fri
Manship Theatre Reception for “Water Trails of the Atchafalaya”
Feb 23 all-day
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.

Greater Baton Rouge Regional National History Day Contest
Mar 3 all-day

 Student and judges’ registration is now open at www.louisianahistoryday.org for this competition that will be held at West Baton Rouge Museum. Finalists will move on to state at the National WWII Museum in April and potentially to Nationals in D.C. this summer!

Mar
25
Sun
Eggstravaganza at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to the West Baton Rouge Parish Eggstravaganza! The West Baton Rouge Museum and the West Baton Rouge Parish Library are egg-cited to team up to host an old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. Join us on Sunday, March 25 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on the beautiful grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum.

Families will enjoy strolling the grounds and seeking out what spring time fun is in store. Afternoon festivities include games, crafts, face painting, story corner, an egg hunt, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

This program is FREE and open to the public. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call the museum at 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call the library at 225-342-7920 or visit wbrpl.com.

Apr
6
Fri
Juke Joint Grand Opening & Volunteer Appreciation Party
Apr 6 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum is reclaiming its blues history with the grand opening of the WBRM Juke Joint. A Friday Night Fish Fry is planned for the grand opening  with a special musical tribute to our very own blues legend, Slim Harpo who is from Mulatto Bend.

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 5 all-day
Jun
18
Mon
Blast From the Past Summer Camp: How to Have Fun on the Farm – Week 1
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm

We are reving up for some farm fresh fun at the West Baton Rouge Museum! A boot scootin’ good time awaits for boys and girls ages 6-12 at our twenty-third annual summer history camp program. Museum staff, visiting artists and other special guests will teach campers about work, play and farm family traditions. Activities include playing vintage games, making crafts to keep, and performing old fashioned chores. Campers will examine artifacts to learn how the inventive spirit of farmers led to great innovations that made work easier. The problem solving skills of early American farmers led the way to the comforts of modern technology that we enjoy today. Ever wonder how we came from carriages to cars, plows to tractors, and washboards to washing machines? Who is Leonard Julian and John Deere? When it comes to tractors, do you prefer Big Red or Green? Find out as we till up the past to learn how these seeds of change came about to make work easier and make more time for fun! That is, of course after campers tinker around to try to solve a few farm challenges on their own! The week wraps up with an old fashioned Ice Cream Social. Space is limited! Advanced, paid registration required. Sorry, No Refunds. Bring a Bag Lunch! Snacks and drinks provided daily.

Registration for Summer Camp is full, however, we are still taking reservations for the waiting list.
Jun
25
Mon
Blast From the Past Summer Camp: How to Have Fun on the Farm – Week 2
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – Jun 29 @ 3:00 pm

We are revving up for some farm fresh fun at the West Baton Rouge Museum! A boot scootin’ good time awaits for boys and girls ages 6-12 at our twenty-third annual summer history camp program. Museum staff, visiting artists and other special guests will teach campers about work, play and farm family traditions. Activities include playing vintage games, making crafts to keep, and performing old fashioned chores. Campers will examine artifacts to learn how the inventive spirit of farmers led to great innovations that made work easier. The problem solving skills of early American farmers led the way to the comforts of modern technology that we enjoy today. Ever wonder how we came from carriages to cars, plows to tractors, and washboards to washing machines? Who is Leonard Julian and John Deere? When it comes to tractors, do you prefer Big Red or Green? Find out as we till up the past to learn how these seeds of change came about to make work easier and make more time for fun! That is, of course after campers tinker around to try to solve a few farm challenges on their own! The week wraps up with an old fashioned Ice Cream Social. Space is limited! Advanced, paid registration required. Sorry, No Refunds. Bring a Bag Lunch! Snacks and drinks provided daily.

Registration for Summer Camp is full, however, we are still taking reservations for the waiting list.