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Abita Mystery House, Abita Springs

#31 of 158 in Museums in Louisiana
Art Museum · Specialty Museum
The Abita Mystery House is a roadside attraction located in the heart of Abita Springs, Louisiana, United States. Maintained by artist/inventor John Preble, whose inspiration came from the Tinkertown Museum in New Mexico, it offers thousands of folk art objects ranging from miniatures, to pottery, to Louisiana-themed sculptures like Darrel the Dogigator (half alligator, half dog) and Edmond the Allisapien (half alligator, half homo sapiens). Originally called the UCM Museum till its official name change in 2007, the house entrance is a vintage gas station, with filling pumps and bright decor, which leads to open air sections, the main exhibition hall, a ninety-year-old Creole cottage, and the House of Shards, among other attractions. The Mystery House is unique in that it bears a particularly odd aesthetic, drawing alternative crowds with an eye for the strange. John Bullard, director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, has even gone as far as saying that the Abita Mystery House is the "most intriguing and provocative museum in Louisiana."
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  • Quirky and fun little place to visit. Odd things to look at. Great time killer. Probably about a half hour. 5 bucks well spent. Nice gentleman at the register.  more »
  • We came here without high expectations, just something fun to do that is a bit out of the ordinary. We had a great time. It's not a huge place, but there is a lot to see so take your time and go...  more »
  • It's a great place to stop. $3 entry for a cat-guided tour... Well, the cat isn't an official employee but she will walk through and talk to you. (She also LOVES being held.) There's a LOT to take in, so even though it may be a somewhat small area, it is BEYOND worth the entry (which you pay after going through). I just wish some of the displays had more visibility (like the 32 foot gator--I wanted to see more).
  • Loved this place! It will bring s smile to your face for sure all the unique and hand made displays are well worth the $3 to get in. I will be back there is so much to see it would be hard to see all in one trip. The gift shop is full of lots of good stuff. A must see if ya got kids

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