Located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, The Great River Road Museum in Darrow, Louisiana, gives group travelers an intimate look at early life along the lower Mississippi River. This premier museum and interpretive center presents the influence of this region’s people and natural resources on transportation, commerce, music, and folklore along the nation’s most famous waterway. The Great River Road Museum is on the premises of Houmas House and Gardens, a historic mansion and former plantation, offering a unique opportunity to highlight the history and lives of families who helped build the state’s most lucrative corridor and developed the culture of Louisiana today.
After your group arrives at The Great River Road Museum, which offers convenient motorcoach parking, they are greeted by a costumed guide before freely exploring the wealth of information provided by the museum’s many engaging exhibits. Dive into the stories of the riverbanks’ original residents through “Father of Waters and Explorers” and “Native Inhabitants,” and examine the impact of new arrivals on this place and its people through “Early Settlers.”
Exhibits like “East and West Banks of the Mississippi” and “Plantation Life” illustrate the diverse stories of enslaved and free people who worked in the parishes, while “Sugar Canes” and “Steamboats and Ships” delve into the industries that supported the growth of these areas. No matter your group members’ historical interests, The Great River Road Museum is sure to intrigue every traveler.
Explore more of Louisiana’s culture at the on-site Dixie Café, which is open for a breakfast, buffet, and lunch. Travelers who stop by for lunch will find a well-rounded menu offering local favorites like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, fried catfish, plus a la carte options like sandwiches and salads. Satisfy your group’s curiosity and cravings at The Great River Road Museum.