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Exhibits & Collections

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum features unique exhibits that illustrate the innovation, creativity, and perseverance of Louisiana’s people, concentrating on the maritime history of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, the lower Mississippi River Valley, and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Lifelike examples of native Louisiana plants and animals can be seen in the museum’s exhibits, “Watch your step!”

Key Exhibits:

  • Secret Weapon! Civil War Submarine: the Pioneer
  • Canals of New Orleans
  • Lighthouses of Louisiana
  • Wood and Water: a Celebration of Louisiana Boatbuilding
  • The Steamboat Era

Traveling Exhibit:

Waterways to Railways II

Photographs and archival images from a project of the Olde Towne Arts Center (OTAC) Digital Arts program, is on display now at the Maritime Museum. The project was created by OTAC in cooperation with the Guardians of Slidell History for the St. Tammany Parish Bicentennial. It has been expanded to include new images and a 10-minute video with oral history interviews collected during the project. For information on OTAC and this exhibit, email


The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum has a growing collection of unique maritime artifacts, photographs, and documents. The latest addition to our collections are oral histories of the Lake Ponchartrain Basin area and the Wooden Boat Festival. You can listen to the oral histories and view the transcripts on the Oral History Collection page by clicking here. The research library is currently closed for reorganization.  If you have something you would like to donate to the permanent collection, please call (985) 845-9200 or contact us by emailing

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