The Historic Museum – A Perfect Combination
The historic museum combines two previous Natchitoches museums, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Old Courthouse Museum. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame celebrates accomplishments by Louisiana athletes, coaches and sports stars, while the Northwest Louisiana History Museum celebrates the region’s culture and history, all in a dazzling museum complex in historic downtown Natchitoches.
The Hall of Fame’s exhibits and interactive media trace the history of Louisiana sports and highlight the importance of sports to life in Louisiana. High-definition videos capture in-game drama and excitement, and touch-screens reveal sports stars’ life stories, career stats and colorful quotes.
Some inductees are household names, such as Archie Manning, Willis Reed, Shaquille O’Neal and Chanda Rubin, but others hold equally important spots in the state’s sporting pantheon. New Orleans-born Audrey “Mickey” Patterson, for example, was the first African-American woman to win an Olympic medal. The Hall of Fame includes the USA jersey she wore when she won the bronze medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1948 games in London.
Pete Maravich’s scrapbook of his years as one of the greatest basketball players to step onto a court, a Super Bowl XLIV commemorative football signed by all 53 New Orleans Saints after their 2010 victory and the fastest car in the world in 1963—a souped-up Ford Thunderbird—are just a few of the artifacts that make the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Natchitoches an up-close, personal and unforgettable fan experience.
The Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches brings 3,000 years of history forward to the unique cultural traditions that survive and thrive in the region today.
The museum tells the story of how diverse groups of people—Caddo Indians, French and Spanish settlers, free and enslaved Africans and rural southern whites—created the region’s distinctive culture. With displays of artifacts dating from the 1700s, this museum celebrates the explorers, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and human rights leaders who embodied northwest Louisiana’s resilient spirit.
Exhibits focus on seven major themes. Living Traditions, for example, explores present-day handcrafts, cuisine, social customs and flourishing subcultures, such as the Cane River Creole community of Isle Brevelle, whose origins began in colonial Natchitoches.
The museum also proudly highlights Clementine Hunter, the internationally renowned folk artist, with 12 of her original artworks on display—including 10 paintings about life on Melrose Plantation.
Admission includes access to all exhibitions. In partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the City of Natchitoches, The Louisiana State Museum is proud to present this family-friendly attraction to the public.
This museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking for the museum can be found on Front Street, along the Riverbank and Rue Ducournau. Additional public parking is located at the Natchitoches Event Center and Utility Service Center lots on Second Street. Get even more information here or on facebook.
Upcoming February Events
Big Game Hunting Discussion February 20, 2020
Interested in big game hunting? Please join us at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a lively discussion with Kaylee Stacey, the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) 2020 recipient of the Colin Caruthers Young Hunter Award and Shawn Daily, holder of numerous big game records with Safari Club International (SCI). Come hear about their worldwide adventures, awards, and involvement in wildlife conservation.
Mardi Gras Mask Making February 22, 2020
Get in the Mardi Gras spirit at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Children accompanied by an adult are invited to make festive Mardi Gras masks to celebrate the season and receive their first throw of Carnival. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by FLASH.
This event starts at noon and ends at 2 p.m. Admission prices are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for military, students, and seniors and children 6 and under are free. Please call (318) 357-2492 for more information.