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Aug 08 2013

Ghost Shark on SyFy Channel, August 22

Several months ago, the Syfy Channel came to our area and made a film entitled Ghost Shark. Numerous scenes were filmed at the museum, cottage and the dock. It’s now going
to be on TV on August 22 at 8:00pm on the Syfy Channel. For those who have Charter it’s channel 63 and for Dish, channel 122.

The cable channel’s official description is: “A great white shark is tortured and killed by a fisherman, then returns from the dead, exacting vengeance on all humans. When Ava’s
(Mackenzie Rosman/’7th Heaven’) father is brutally murdered, no one believes that the ghost shark got him –- except the crazy lighthouse keeper Finch (Richard Moll/’Night
Court’). Ava and her friends take the problem into their own hands as they desperately try to survive the bloody wrath of the ghost shark.”

 Follow the link to see the preview with scenes from the Mandeville lake front:

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Aug 08 2013

Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament Saturday, August 17

For more information and to pre-register go to our Poker Tournaments page.
Poker Flyer Aug 17 2013

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Jul 14 2013

Employment Opportunities

Join our team! The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is looking to fill the following positions:

Event Host/Hostess- Part Time- This position is part-time and the hours are flexible. Most events are evenings and weekends. Must be able to move and pick up tables, chairs, etc.

Maintenance Worker- Part Time- This position is part-time and the hours may be flexible. Must be “handy-man” and able to move tables, chairs, etc.

Please submit resumes to or LPBMM, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, LA 70447. Call 985-845-9200 for more information on any of these listings.

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Jul 14 2013

Event Rental Summer Special, 20% off!

Please see our Facility Rental page for more information on our event options: Special

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May 02 2013

Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament Set For May 25


Check out our Poker page for more information and to register. 

Poker Tournament May 25

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Apr 03 2013

Wooden Boat Festival Named 2012 “Best Small Town Festival” by Sophisticated Woman Magazine

Sophisicated Woman

We are proud of this honor and would like to thank all those that made it possible. For more information about our festival, please visit the newly redesigned Wooden Boat Festival website,

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Mar 14 2013

Registration Open for Aquatic Robotics Summer Camp!

AquaticRobotics2014 Aquatic Robotics Camp 1 week sessions: June 9-13, June 23-27, and July 7-11. 

For three weeks each summer, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum offers children ages 10-17 a unique opportunity to learn to build their own under water remote operated vehicle (ROV).  Each child will bring home their own working underwater robot, knowledge of robotics and the industries that use them, and memories of an unforgettable experience. Field trips, exciting presentations, and ROV competitions make this week-long camp an adventure for a lifetime.

Please visit the Aquatic Robotics page for more information and to download the registration forms.

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Mar 06 2013

Poster Artist Search for 2013 Wooden Boat Festival, Deadline April 15

On October 12th and 13th, 2013, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (LPBMM) will present the 24th annual Wooden Boat Festival (WBF) along the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, La.

 Artists interested in being considered for the 2013 WBF Poster Artist by the selection committee should submit a sketch or prior work that represents either a specific boat or boat style.  This work should demonstrate your skills in rendering a water and boat scene. Submit with your sketch a brief biography, an indication of the mediums with which you work, and several sample COPIES of prior work, preferably in electronic format. All submissions are welcome, but must arrive electronically to,, or to the Museum at 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, LA, by 4:00 pm on Monday, April 15, 2013.

The person chosen as the 2013 WBF Poster Artist will be officially recognized at several festival events and    provided with an artist vendor tent at the two day festival. For 22 years the poster has been the face of our celebration, and with the image replicated on t-shirts and other promotional materials, a much sought after memento of the festival. Creation of a poster for the Festival is a tradition that dates back to the origins of the event in 1990. The first poster was a three color serigraph print of a Lake Pontchartrain oyster lugger, by Georgia Anne Sears.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.— 4 p.m., and  Sunday, 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.  For more information about the 2013 Wooden Boat Festival, to register a classic wooden boat, become a volunteer, request a food vendor or artist application, or register a Quick’N’ Dirty Boat Building team, call the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum at (985)845-9200 or log on to



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Feb 07 2013

Cast Your Vote! Help Us Receive Part of $50,000 from Gulf Coast Bank Community Rewards!



Cast your vote for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in the 1st Annual Community Rewards Program hosted by Gulf Coast Bank!

Registered charities located in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, and East Baton Rouge are all in the running to share in $50,000! VOTE for the LPBMM and help achieve the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum’s mission of “bringing Louisiana’s unique maritime history to life.”

Voting Process & Rules:

Log on to

Gulf Coast Bank’s Community Rewards voting page

-Enter your email address and click “Email my Access Code”

-Open your email account and open the email from Community Rewards

-Copy the Access Code into the Access Code box on the voting form

-Select the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and then click VOTE!

You may only vote ONCE per day

Voting will continue until 5 p.m. on March 4, 2013.

Your vote can further the educational programs of the museum and impact the children and families in our community. Please vote for LPBMM TODAY!

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Feb 07 2013

Open Lundi Gras, Closed Mardi Gras

mardi gras hours

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