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Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

809 Kirby, 2nd floor, Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 430-0043
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Lake Charles
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Traveler Description: Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu   Located at Historic Central School Arts and Humanities Center,  809 Kirby St  Lake Charles LA,  the Mardi... more »
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Started with one room years ago and has grown to many on both sides of the floor. You can really experience Mardi Gras on this self guided tour. It is not your average museum tour so bring your camera as you will be in awe. You could make several visits and still see something you missed the time before. Hundreds... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I took my wife to this because it is right up her alley. As for me, it was okay. It is located in an old school on the second floor. After we realized it was in the school, it was easy to find. Parked in the back and made the short trip up the stairs after talking to the security... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

There are over 50 Mardi Gras krewes (organizations) in Lake Charles. This is an amazing number of people who all share the love of carnival from 12th Night (Jan. 6th) through midnight Mardi Gras night. Many of the krewes observe formal balls with kings, queens, duchesses, dukes, debutantes and other royalty. Others observe a more casual approach and still others... More

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Buffalo, New York
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24 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Something too do. You have to have respect for all the work people have put into these costumes. Very flamboyant and colorful. Just keep in mind you are going to be looking at it for an hour. It was also very cold in there.

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West Drayton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Visited today and the wife thought it was fantastic....I don't want to seem a killjoy but it just wasn't my thing. The displays are well laid out and some of the costumes are magnificent but in hindsight I should have let the wife visit whilst i did some fishing or drinking or sport or.................

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Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

This museum has limited hours. I arrived during their scheduled hours but found only a few costumes in the hallway, not what the brochure described. In checking offices on the second floor where the museum is located I found a gentleman in an unrelated office who had a key. He opened the rooms for me and I could not believe... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The number and variety of the costumes is amazing, but I have mixed feelings. There's almost too much to see. Most of the costumes are displayed cheek by jowl with little room between. If you see a costume that you particularly like, and there are plenty, it's difficult to get a good pictue because of the tight quarters. I'm not... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

All the work they put into everything was amazing. You have to see it to believe it. The money, time, effort, creativity, imagination, talent, is just incredible to see, it is great La. history.

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Houston, TX
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We must have missed something. We went around 2PM on a Wednesday, when it should have been open according to the schedule. However, this was just a short hallway with some costumes in it. The brochures made it sound like much more, and also said there was a fee for admission - we could not find anyone to pay, despite... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

The Mardi GRAS museum is very nice. They have a very large selection of past costumes from area Krewes that have been donated. You can get up close and personal and note all the detail and work put into the costumes, and gowns. Quite a bit of history stuffed into a small place! If you are not familiar with our... More

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