Acadian Cultural Center

The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana’s wildest place. The center’s park store sells local crafts, music, and books, including cookbooks and children’s stories. Admission to the center is free.

Lafayette Science Museum

Located in the heart of downtown, Lafayette Science Museum is a playful portal into a vast universe of discovery. We offer a fun, hands-on experience for curious minds of all ages. Our exhibits and installations are designed to enlighten and educate. Visit us to learn something new – and have fun in the process!

“The Lafayette Science Museum is a regional science museum serving families, schools, and visitors. By applying the latest technology to interactive experiences and immersive education we strive to promote interest and inspire careers through science, technology, engineering, and math.”

Hilliard Art Museum

Located on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus not far from downtown and the Oil Center, the museum is comprised of two buildings, the original 1967 A. Hays Town plantation-style house and the newer state-of-the-art Hilliard Art Museum with three exhibition galleries and a gift shop featuring crafts by local artists. Their permanent collection at the Hilliard Art Museum is comprised of works by Louisiana artists, European and American painting, folk art, Japanese prints, and Egyptian art.