First opened in 1912 as a two-room schoolhouse, the Bayou Lacombe Museum has been serving the St. Tammany community for over 40 years as a cultural center. Renovated in February 2019, the museum is home to a vast collection of artifacts that tell the story of Lacombe from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.
The museum features five main exhibits exploring the history of Lacombe, including: the history of the Choctaw; the life and influence of poet-priest Fr. Adrien Rouquette, who moved to Lacombe to nurture the local Choctaw and write about the beauty of the area; John Davis Lumber Industry and its influence on the area; rural life in the early 20th century in Lacombe; and the Hall of Heroes, which honors local residents for their military service.
The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is $3 for adults (ages 18 - 64), $2 for senior citizens (65 & over), $1 for students (ages 7-17) and free for children 6 & under. Group rates & family memberships available.