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“Surprising” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum
2419 Main St, Gibsland, LA 71028
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Gibsland
Type: Museums
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Loxley, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We took a sudden detour from our journey to Texas when my husband saw the sign for the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, La. If you're looking for authenticity in the Bonnie and Clyde story, look no farther than here. The museum is housed in the cafe where Bonnie and Clyde bought their last meal -- sandwiches. The museum's curator is Boots Hinton, the son of one of the law enforcement officials who killed Bonnie and Clyde not far from the downtown area of Gibsland. You begin the tour by watching a documentary narrated by Boots and then continue, at your own pace, the look through memorabilia, newspaper clippings and photos that capture the story of these outlaws. Be prepared to catch your breath when you see actual items that Bonnie wore the day she was killed in a display case. It's interesting and sad, all at the same time. My family and I definitely came away with a better understanding of the Bonnie and Clyde story.

Visited July 2011
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North Richland Hills, Texas
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“Discovering these unique little places is EXACTLY what road trips are all about!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

While on a road trip from Dallas, Tx to Washington D.C. we stopped at every teeny tiny little "place of interest" that every map and internet site would give us directions to. Traveling east on I20 we came across the little town (more like a community) of Gibsland, Louisiana. Not overly commercial, dramatic or garish, this little museum is exactly what a history buff would enjoy. There are loads of authentic photographs and news reports from that day, actual seized weapons from their car, and even the "death car" from the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde" with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. (The actual death car is in Nevada.) The museum is on the modest side but most definitely worth the $7 admission price. The coolest edition to this museum is that you can chat it up with L.J. "Boots" Hinton, himself. Name doesn't ring a bell? Well, his father is Ted Hinton. One of the participants who put an end to Mr. Barrow and Ms. Parker. The momument where they were actually gunned down is a short drive south of town marked by properly vandalized stone.
Having just missed it, I would have the say the highlight of the year is probably the annual Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Reinactment that happens every year in May.

Visited June 2011
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