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GoNOLA Find: Jackson Barracks Military Museum

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 Washington Artillery on the parade field at Jackson Barracks. Image by BrassTacks from Wikimedia Commons.
The Washington Artillery on the parade field at Jackson Barracks. Image by BrassTacks from Wikimedia Commons.

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.

The historic sites at Jackson Barracks have undergone a multi-milion dollar renovation. Image from geauxguard.com

The historic sites at Jackson Barracks have undergone a multi-milion dollar renovation. Image from geauxguard.com

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.

Mallory Whitfield is an artist, speaker, and author based in New Orleans. In 2016, she was honored to be included in the 19th class of Gambit’s 40 Under 40, which salutes the brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans. She currently hosts the Badass Creatives podcast, which features marketing and business advice for creatives, as well as interviews with a diverse range of handmade artists, performers, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. During Mardi Gras, you can usually find her parading with Noisician Coalition in Muses or with The 501st Legion in Tucks.

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