Jean Lafitte, Louisiana: Barataria Museum

An animatronic talking alligator and pirate Jean Lafitte enliven this unusual town museum. Visitors exit onto an elevated cypress swamp trail with birds, snakes, and non-talking alligators.
4917 City Park Drive, Jean Lafitte, LA
Leo E. Kerner Multipurpose Complex. 20 miles south of New Orleans. LA-45 to Jean Lafitte, then left onto City Park Drive. Drive past the Jean Lafitte Auditorium the the City Park Multipurpose Complex. The museum is there.
Tu-Su 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $6.
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Barataria Museum

This is a small town museum at its finest. It is about life in the little wetland town, the pirate Jean Lafitte, and the local wildlife. As a special bonus, the museum has a number of animatronics, including Jean Lafitte interrupting the museum's multi-media show, a gator telling you stories, and woodland creatures that bob around as you read the exhibits. The desk employee, Jill, had family in the multi-media show, and there were even photos of her as a kid in the exhibits. She gave us great firsthand stories. Just up the street is another small museum with marionette dioramas depicting scenes from Jean Lafitte's life. A short drive from New Orleans, and well worth a visit!

[Chris N, 12/10/2019]

Some of the exhibits came from the now-defunct Louisiana Marine Fisheries Museum.

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