Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park

300 Fisher Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508 - United States





Vermilionville’s mission is to increase appreciation for the history, culture, and natural resources of the Native Americans, Acadians, Creoles, and peoples of African descent in the Attakapas region through the end of the 1800s. Through historic interpretation and conservation along the Bayou Vermilion, we strive to educate guests on the interactions of these groups and the connections between past and contemporary folklife, thus empowering guests to apply these lessons from our shared histories.


For Museum Day 2021, Vermilionville will showcase the "Watershed Exhibit" which introduces the dynamic interconnections of planetary heat distribution due to the seasons, seasonal weather phenomenon, the water cycle, the life cycle of plants and animals, the physics of watersheds, the effects of water on humanity, and the effects of humanity on water.

Vermilionville will also showcase an exhibition titled "Museums: From Curiosities to Caretakers of Culture." This exhibition will look at the history of museums in general and of Vermilionville. It will provide education on the important and prestige of the American Association of Museums' Accreditation, as well as the role Vermilionville plays in the cultural educational landscape of the Attakapas region. the Living History museum's permanent exhibitions will demonstrate the "Caretakers of Culture," while Wunderkammers (Cabinets of Curiosities) will be curated and installed to demonstrate the "Curiosities" part of museum history.

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.