Shreveport Water Works Museum

Shreveport Water Works Museum

Shreveport Water Works Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
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
About
Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic Landmark. Free admission.
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  • Safari30600687689
    Emmaus, Pennsylvania25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great docent
    The docent at the Water Works Museum was very knowledgeable. It is great to see old facilities like this one able to have tours. So glad it wasn’t torn down years ago so we could experience it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Andrzej W
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible place
    This place is truly a hidden gem. An atmospheric place full of history - clearly a museum created by passionate people. Though the place is admission free, I highly recommend donating if you're able - it'd be a shame to see a spot like this disappear. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and, importantly, cares about the museum. Also, whoever designed the black and gold blueprints and plaques did an incredible job!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 14, 2023
  • SMS
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American Ingenuity!
    The pumping station was an amazing find. To go inside to see what American ingenuity and time talent and work can do. The tour is either self, QR Code or guide. We did self and there is a brochure, and each stop is numbered on the brochure. The brochure is in great detail and the signs at each stop are informative and complete. If you like me love this sort of thing and all the tools, hardware, metal and mechanics this is for you. It takes a short time to do and is the last steam powered pumping station when it was shut down in 1986. The pumps are like pieces of art. And amazing!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • DW75NW
    Baltimore, Maryland133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great find - and an engineer's dream
    There is so much to see if you take the time. An engineer's dream! It is chock-full of old mechanical equipment, including the pumps and boiler equipment. Signage is very good, supplemented by phone-accessible lectures for each area. Exceptionally preserved and maintained, especially for their limited budget. I've never solicited for guests to donate, but I will for this museum - it deserves it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 10, 2023
  • echobear592
    Longview, Texas94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impromptu museum visits.
    We were not sure about visiting the museum. We stopped in and started the self guided tour. Just as we started, the museum guide came in and explained our opinions for the tour. We decided to go self paced. After some explanations from the guide we self paced and were amazed at the technology and sheer engineering in the water works. We stopped at the end and spoke briefly with the guide (he is a wealth of knowledge about the water works) and we knew that stopping for a visit was the right thing to do. We were directed to the Railroad museum also and did go to see it. The railroad museum was also very interesting and informative. These museums are true Shreveport gems and should be visited by all. They are both free with a gift shop and donations box.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • ajator
    Stephenville, Texas130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed by 3 generations
    Educational quick stop. Volunteer approached us and offered a tour, we gladly accepted. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of great facts and information but he also made it comical and fun and kept the kids engaged. They operate off of donations, this is such an important piece of history, I hope many others will visit and donate!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2024
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Andrzej W
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
This place is truly a hidden gem. An atmospheric place full of history - clearly a museum created by passionate people. Though the place is admission free, I highly recommend donating if you're able - it'd be a shame to see a spot like this disappear.
The tour guide is very knowledgeable and, importantly, cares about the museum.
Also, whoever designed the black and gold blueprints and plaques did an incredible job!
Written September 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BBoyDTF
Crandall, TX402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

echobear592
Longview, TX94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We were not sure about visiting the museum. We stopped in and started the self guided tour. Just as we started, the museum guide came in and explained our opinions for the tour. We decided to go self paced. After some explanations from the guide we self paced and were amazed at the technology and sheer engineering in the water works. We stopped at the end and spoke briefly with the guide (he is a wealth of knowledge about the water works) and we knew that stopping for a visit was the right thing to do. We were directed to the Railroad museum also and did go to see it. The railroad museum was also very interesting and informative. These museums are true Shreveport gems and should be visited by all. They are both free with a gift shop and donations box.
Written November 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SMS
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The pumping station was an amazing find. To go inside to see what American ingenuity and time talent and work can do. The tour is either self, QR Code or guide. We did self and there is a brochure, and each stop is numbered on the brochure. The brochure is in great detail and the signs at each stop are informative and complete. If you like me love this sort of thing and all the tools, hardware, metal and mechanics this is for you. It takes a short time to do and is the last steam powered pumping station when it was shut down in 1986. The pumps are like pieces of art. And amazing!
Written September 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Safari30600687689
Emmaus, PA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The docent at the Water Works Museum was very knowledgeable. It is great to see old facilities like this one able to have tours. So glad it wasn’t torn down years ago so we could experience it.
Written September 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ajator
Stephenville, TX130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Educational quick stop. Volunteer approached us and offered a tour, we gladly accepted. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of great facts and information but he also made it comical and fun and kept the kids engaged. They operate off of donations, this is such an important piece of history, I hope many others will visit and donate!
Written June 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DW75NW
Baltimore, MD133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
There is so much to see if you take the time. An engineer's dream! It is chock-full of old mechanical equipment, including the pumps and boiler equipment. Signage is very good, supplemented by phone-accessible lectures for each area.
Exceptionally preserved and maintained, especially for their limited budget. I've never solicited for guests to donate, but I will for this museum - it deserves it.
Written November 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nancy A
289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bob E
Shreveport, LA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Today was my second visit. first was 8-10 years ago. Kevin was our guide. knowledgeable and very entertaining. really nice guy too. made visit so much better. Truly enjoyed my visit. Recommend to anyone with interest in history.
Bob Everett
Shreveport
Written January 27, 2023
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Mark T
Sugar Land, Texas73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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