New Orleans is ripe with historic spots to explore. For instance, the National World War II Museum downtown is well-known as one of the best museums in the country. If you’re a history buff who just can’t get enough, there is one more, lesser-known military history museum in New Orleans worth exploring, and it’s our pick for this week’s GoNOLA Find: the Jackson Barracks military museum.
The Ansel M. Stroud Jr. Military History and Weapons Museum at Jackson Barracks was established in 1974, and recently re-opened to the public last year. The museum tells the story of nearly two centuries of the military history of Washington Artillery at Jackson Barracks.
Located in the Lower 9th Ward, Jackson Barracks has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation during the last 9 years, with meticulous care taken to restore the 14 antebellum homes and 1837 powder magazine on the property.
As for the museum, restoration and conservation of its artifacts remains an ongoing process, but they are once again open for visitors. This small museum also features a research library which houses a comprehensive list of all Louisianans who served during the Civil War.
The museum is now located next to the historic magazine structure, just north of 6400 St. Claude Ave. and is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, however donations are always welcome. Guests must provide identification to get through the security point at Jackson Barracks’ entry.