Shreveport's History is Showcased in Multiple Museums
If you're looking for a culturally rich experience, head to one of Shreveport's many museums.
A product of the New Deal public works programs, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum showcases the state's history through rotating exhibits, murals and frescoes. The building's architecture garners a lot of attention due to its unique circular shape and Modernist style. The exhibits are worthy of attention as well. The museum features a Native American gallery with many artifacts, as well as its acclaimed exhibits. Past exhibits have featured topics such as Triumph Over Tragedy: The Great Depression and New Deal Era in North Louisiana, and History of LSU Architecture. The Exhibit Museum is the only public museum in Louisiana to be listed as a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.
Another notable Shreveport museum is the 8th Air Force Museum, a military museum featuring aircrafts, battle exhibits and various military artifacts dating back to World War I. Notable artifacts include the Widow's Handbook, which displays actual telegrams that a woman received of her husbands MIA status and eventual death. The collection of planes is also impressive. The museum is situated right next to the Barksdale Air Force Base, allowing visitors to trace the past of the Air Force up to the present.
The Pioneer Heritage Center focuses on the period between the 1830's to the end of the 19th century, the era of settlement in North Louisiana. The Center is the result of a combined effort between Louisiana State University Shreveport and the Junior League of Shreveport, and incorporates 7 historical structures including a doctors office and plantation cottage.
Other museums in the area include the Louisiana State Oil & Gas Museum, featuring hands on activities, the Mooringsport Mini-Museum, with memorabilia and relics from the Caddo Indians, and the Museum of American Fencing.