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What’s New at LPBMM

New Addition to the Wooden Boat Festival!

The 30th Annual Wooden Boat Festival will begin this year with the inaugural Toyota Annual Anchors Away Cardboard Boat Regatta on Oct. 12.

Teams and individuals age 12 and up are invited to construct a boat from cardboard and test out its seaworthiness in this fun, family-friendly and team building event.

For more information, click on the Events Tab above and then on the Anchors Away tab.

New Expanded Hours

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum has expanded its hours in order to accommodate an increased demand for scheduled tours such as School Field Trips and Docent Guided Tours.  

Group tours are now scheduled in the mornings from Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.  The museum is open to the general public every Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Visitors will now be able to view the entire museum at their leisure without the disruptions or interference of large group noise.  The museum will also be expanding its exhibits and collections in the near future.  

Please call us at (985) 845-9200 or email us at if you have any questions.

Boat Building Has Started!

Come learn how to build a real wooden boat!

For more information, contact the Museum at (985) 845-9200 or email

New Items in the Gift Shop!

Beat the heat and show your love for our beautiful lighthouse with new Fat Cypress performance shirts.

Love crawfish? Know someone else who does? Check out our fun array of new home accents in the gift shop. 


“Bringing Louisiana’s Maritime History to Life,” is the driving mission of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Located on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, the LPB Maritime Museum takes you on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana.

The museum brings Louisiana’s maritime history to life through unique interpretive programs, exhibits, and publications. These programs include the time honored craft of boat building, hands-on field trips, constructing underwater robots, restoration of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, and other exciting educational opportunities for people of all ages. Don’t forget to visit in October during the Wooden Boat Festival, the premier annual event on the Tchefuncte River featuring over 100 wooden and classic boats!

From canoes to pirogues, from bateaux to steamboats, Louisiana’s unique maritime history and culture has it all. Native Americans, European explorers, and early settlers depended upon Louisiana’s extensive bayous, rivers, and lakes as the pathways of survival, linking the interior with the sea. These waterways represented the connections among people, the connections of life.

We welcome you to participate in the variety of unique programs and activities offered, created to highlight what makes Louisiana’s maritime family great! We also offer our facility and beautiful dock on the Tchefuncte River for your next event. Start your discovery of the history and culture of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin with us!

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