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The history of the South comes into the present in the many museums of Shreveport-Bossier City. In Louisiana, Shreveport is second only to New Orleans when it comes to historic landmarks, and area museums highlight a rich heritage and cultural diversity.

Barksdale Global Power Museum

88 Shreveport Road
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110

Vintage aircraft are on display at this museum, along with six exhibition galleries that help tell the story of Barksdale AFB.

J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center

700 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101

The center provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the Red River; its 8,300-square-foot space has a reception area, theater and exhibition hall. The center is named after Louisiana’s longtime senator, who served in Washington for a quarter-century.

Pioneer Heritage Center

1 University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Located on the Louisiana State University campus, this is a “living museum” with guides in historic costumes conducting tours. The heritage center spotlights the history of northwestern Louisiana from the 1830s through the end of the 19th century.

R.W. Norton Art Gallery

4747 Creswell Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71106

Built in 1966, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a nonprofit museum housing original American and European paintings, sculptures and examples of decorative art that span more than four centuries. The complex includes beautiful and bountiful gardens containing more than 15,000 plants, among them about 100 native and hybrid varieties of the region’s signature azaleas, and eight notable sculptures.

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center

820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101

The 92,000-square-foot science and entertainment center offers plenty of room to explore the more than 290 science, math and space exhibits with daily changing programs, an IMAX Dome Theatre or the laser Space Dome Planetarium.

Spring Street Historical Museum

525 Spring St.
Shreveport, LA 71101

Spring Street Historical Museum, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Shreveport (documented to 1865, but apparently older yet) is home to rotating exhibits and examples of Shreveport’s history. Get the cameras ready: It has one of the region’s few remaining examples of New Orleans-style cast-iron grill work.

Stage of Stars & Legends Museum

705 Elvis Presley Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101

Known as the place Elvis Presley got his start on the radio show “Louisiana Hayride,” this museum houses rare photographs, artifacts and musical instruments that were played by famous entertainers, including blues great Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter.

Touchstone Wildlife & Art Museum

3386 Highway 80
Haughton, LA 71037

Founded in 1981, this museum displays more than 1,000 mounted animals from around the world, as well as American Indian artifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I and World War II.

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