Shreveport Water Works Museum

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Shreveport Water Works Museum

Shreveport Water Works Museum
4.5
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic Landmark. Free admission.
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Jpamr5
Richmond, TX937 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited a little after 10 AM on Friday, October 29, 2021. Admission is free but donations are accepted and worth donating.
We selected the self-guided tour using a phone. Also picked up the self-guided tour brochure, also the docent (I believe his name was Kevin) added extra information and showed us how to pull the steam powered whistle. Explanations were short and understandable. Equipment was amazing and how the process was done over a hundred years ago.
Written October 29, 2021
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Yishih
Sugar Land, TX15 contributions
Nov 2020
My family of 6 (3 adults 3 teens) visited from Houston and was greatly impressed by the history and technicalities of the Shreveport Water Works Museum. It's amazing how much work goes into the process before we may drink safe water. The guide, Keven, was knowledgeable, friendly, and fun to be with. A great tour!
Written November 28, 2020
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BBoyDTF
Crandall, TX315 contributions
Jul 2021
We enjoyed our free tour of the water works and the extra history and stories behind the facility. The young man was a great guide. We highly recommend this tour if you like to learn more about how cities infrastructure change over time, and abit about Shreveport as well.
Written July 22, 2021
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Philip T
1 contribution
Jun 2020
Brought my 2 sons (2 and 4) and wife with me to check out the museum. We spent a little over an hour here. My boys liked the huge mechanisms, the 3 tons flywheel (especially when they turned it on), blowing the whistle, and peering into the empty water containers. They also had a good time running around the museum and liked the model train. My wife thought it "was cool" and "liked it". The guide was helpful and knowledgeable. Worth a visit.
Written June 21, 2020
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Nancy A
95 contributions
Aug 2021
I did the self guided tour, but the gentleman there that day was very helpful in answering my questions. It opened in 1887 and wasn’t retired until 1980. The entire physical plant remains in place, and boy is everything huge. Lots of fun.
Written August 30, 2021
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Mark T
Sugar Land, Texas85 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Great tour. We loved it. Excellent for a child with a curious mind who wants to see how things work. Primitive models help explain the working principles behind the big machinery. All that was missing was the heat off the boilers and the noise. Machinery is in excellent shape. We were greated at the gate and received at least an hour guided tour. We asked plenty of questions and our guide knew his stuff. This place is a must see in my book!
Written January 5, 2015
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BSGrilling
Albuquerque, NM159 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
As a lack of anything else to do, I do not like art museums or malls, I ran across this museum. The unfortunate part was I was the only one there the morning I visited. If you like historical landmarks and unique spots to visit, I recommend you add this to your MUST DO list. The Docent was very knowledgeable about the history and the mechanics of this steam powered pumping station, I spent 2 hours listening to my personal guided tour of this well restored and preserved land mark. It is a one of a kind site and worth your time.
Written March 28, 2012
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Michael L
College Station, TX24 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Honestly my wife set up the tour of this place and my expectations weren't that high. I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinating it was. All sorts of cool machinery and early basic (aka brilliantly engineered) design. It was kid friendly to a degree but my wife and I enjoyed it more than they did. Cool stuff
Written April 22, 2015
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Ron R
Scurry, TX123 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
The wife and I ran across a Water Works Museum brochure at the LA visitors center and thought "why not".
It turned out to be a fantastic find! The old water works began in 1887 as a coal fired steam engine operation and very little has changed. No where else have I seen two workable steam engines side by side. One is hooked up to an electric motor so that all the major moving parts are in fact MOVING! The static engine is an Allis Chalmers for all the tractor lovers out there. The engines powered a couple of pumps that are amazing to see (well, amazing if you're a gearhead like me). You can walk around and explorer at your own pace and touch anything you want, but remember it's dirty. I particularly enjoyed the octagon shaped lab built under the water tower, some of the original test equipment is still sitting on the bench. As a matter of fact, the whole place looks like the workers walked out at the end of a shift... and just left everything.
Pay attention to the brick and timber style of construction in the original part of the plant, the craftsmen took time to put a decorative detail on the timbers.
Admission was free but donations are accepted.
Leave the "boats" for a couple of hours and explore this gem of a museum.
Written October 24, 2013
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Chrissy R
Ennis, TX53 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We arrived just after the waterworks had opened and because we were the only ones there, we received a personalized tour of the facility given by Kevin.He explained the operation of each piece of equipment and how it evolved over the last 100 years. Definitely worth the trip for any one interested in engineering marvels or the history of water treatment. This site has the rare honor of being listed as a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Free admission, but donations are needed to upkeep this historical landmark.
Written October 11, 2015
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Shreveport Water Works Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
  • Thu - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM