The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (a 501 (c)(3) educational non-profit) collects, preserves, and interprets the unique maritime history, culture, and environment of Lake Pontchartrain, the lower Mississippi River, and the Louisiana Gulf Coast with a modern museum, wooden boat building facility, educational programs, and the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, currently under restoration. Each October, the annual Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival brings over 30,000 people to the community.Plan your visit to Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Madisonville trip builder tool.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum reviews
Very well done museum! Interesting history and displays of settling the North Shore and the eventual connecting with New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain. The short movies were enjoyable... more »
My wife and I learned about the museum's existence from a sign on Interstate 12 and decided to stop in since we were in the area. We enjoyed the museum. To me, the entrance fee is reasonable for... more »
Great museum dedicated to telling the story of this area and its relationship with the lake and rivers of the area. This is truly an educational experience that I am not likely to forget about any time soon. Good for all ages, you can not leave without learning something. There is plenty of parking, and an elevator for those with physical disabilities. I would recommend this for any and everyone.
We stopped at this museum just because I saw a brochure at the LA welcome center and it wasn't far off our route. It was so interesting! There was a replica of the first submarine built for the Civil War, information about different boats used in this area, local lighthouses (I didn't even know they needed lighthouses in the bayou!), and some of the best dioramas I've ever seen. Plus, the volunteer on duty, Wes, was extremely friendly, helpful, and informative. Someone else had to remind him it was time to close up and go home! I'd recommend this museum to anyone going through the area, and we'd love to come back some time.
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