Street Address
133 Mabel Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447
Mailing Address
133 Mabel Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447
phone: 985-845-9200
fax: 985-845-9201
e-mail: info@lpbmm.org
web: lpbmm.org
Admissions
Business Hours='Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday, 12-4pm Monday, closed. Admission; Adults $5.00
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Staff
Jay C. Martin, Executive Director
phone: 985-845-9200

Description

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum brings the unique history and culture of maritime Louisiana alive with interactive exhibits, programs, and workshops at the Museum and at the historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse keepers cottage. The Museum is presently restoring the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse and anticipates opening to visitors soon.

Mission

Mission of the Museum - The mission of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is to “bring Louisiana 's unique maritime history to life.” While most Americans are familiar with the historical significance of the city of New Orleans, the Mississippi River and the Louisiana Purchase, most local residents and visitors alike know little about the role that Lake Pontchartrain and the other rivers, marshes and bayous of southeastern Louisiana played in our country's development. Yet, for most of recorded history, these watery routes, and not the lower reaches of the mighty Mississippi River were the “front door” providing access from the Gulf of Mexico to the vast, rich interior of North America . First, Native Americans, then the great European colonial powers, fought for control of these waterways. Naval battles were fought during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. A local culture unlike any other developed to exploit the treasures of our wetlands, and special craft were designed and built to traverse the generally shallow waters of the region. This boat building tradition has continued for over three centuries – from pirogues, luggers, schooners and steamboats, to submarines and ironclads for the Civil War, to 300' long wooden cargo ships for WWI, to the fabled Higgins boats of WWII, to the cutting-edge military ships that are being built at local shipyards today. All of this makes for an incredibly interesting story, one which when the telling is complete, will make our museum one of the premier maritime museums in the country.

Library

Access: Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

Services

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental