1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, Lake Charles

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
After extensive restoration, the 1911 Historic City Hall opened its doors as the City of Lake Charles' public art gallery and cultural facility in 2004. Since that time, Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center has showcased numerous traveling exhibitions from around the world, as well as regional and local artists. The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center is City-owned-and-operated, under the direction of the Cultural Affairs Department. The beautiful historic building features three floors of gallery space, a clock tower, and, added in 2006, a landscaped brick courtyard. There have been many exhibitions by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ansel Adams, Norman Rockwell, and Tasha Tudor, as well as many traveling group exhibitions. In 2007, Historic City Hall housed Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition, featuring over 100 carefully preserved artifacts from the historic vessel. The Historic City Hall is also the home to two local art galleries: Black Heritage Gallery and Gallery by the Lake. The Center has had visitors from across the country, many of which are surprised and delighted to find such high-caliber exhibitions in the Lake Area.

For the past several years, Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center has been voted the Best Public Art Gallery by the Times of Lake Charles Reader's Poll. This honor recognizes the ongoing commitment the City of Lake Charles has made to providing the residents and visitors of Lake Charles with quality, educational, family-friendly entertainment and events at accessible prices.

Admission to all exhibitions is free to the public. For more information, please call (337)491-9147 or e-mail artsandculture@cityoflc.us.
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  • This historic building offers three floors of galleries, free and open to the public. The ground floor gallery showcases local artists, the second floor galleries focus on rotating regional arts and....  more »
  • I always enjoy visiting to view the different exhibits they have displayed. I went to the National Geographic photography exhibit which was very good. Have not yet gone to the World War II exhibit.  more »
  • Great art gallery with rotating exhibits. Some big exhibits have come through here. Free admission. Self guided.

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