Street Address
57735 Main Street
Plaquemine, LA 70764
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 701
Plaquemine, LA 70765
phone: 225-687-7197
Admissions
Children (6-12) $1.00 Adults (13 & older) $2.00 School groups of 20 or more students are half price, teachers free.
Museum Type(s)
Staff

Description

The museum has artifacts and photographs of life in the parish around the early 1900's. There are two permanent exhibits: Iberville at War and Turning with the Century. Iberville at War is an exhibit exploring America's wars and the parish's participation. The exhibit features a Norden Bombsight from World War II as well as bayonets from the American Revolution. Turning with the Century explores life in Iberville Parish in the early 1900's. This exhibit features a wedding ensemble from 1900 t hand carved cypress models of early boat transportation along the bayou. Traveling exhibits have included Mardi Gras costumes, Native American art, culture, and music of the area, parish art shows, and Black history awareness. The museum will be featuring a Smithsonian traveling S.I.T.E.S. exhibit Yesterday's Tomorrows January 22 - March 19, 2005.

History

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, the "Old City Hall" is now serving as the parish museum. Built in 1848, the building served as the fourth courthouse for the Parish of Iberville. The original plans for this Greek Revival building were drawn by the famous New Orleans architect, James Gallier. The building is a single story, brick and plaster structure with four Doric columns that set off two huge cypress doors. The building served as the parish seat of government for 57 years until 1906, when a new courthouse was built. The building was occupied at City Hall until 1985. At that time is was recognized as the second-oldest structure in Louisiana still being used as the seat of local government. After several other occupants, the building remained vacant for a number of years until restoration began in 1995. Over $200,000 was spent in the restoration an now the building is serving the people of Iberville Parish for a third century as the Iberville Museum.