Jackson Barracks: The Museum Complex

Stop 9 of 10 in the Jackson Barracks tour

In 1974, the Louisiana Military History and State Weapons Museum was established at Jackson Barracks. By the end of the decade it was housed in the old Powder Magazine, a building dating to 1837. Due to the nature of the structure (holding munitions and gunpowder), it was built a good distance from the historic garrison.

In the 1990s, the Museum was renamed the Ansel M. Stroud, Jr. Military History and Weapons Museum and was significantly expanded, including seven buildings, an artillery park, a vehicle park, and air park. The museum was severely damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.

Construction on a new facility began in 2010 and was completed in late 2012. The new building contains the museum as well as the archives. The majority of the collection was salvaged and stabilized, but still requires restoration. The vehicle park, air park, and artillery park were re-established. As of early 2014, the Museum is open on a limited basis, but Guard personnel are working to get it fully operational.

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Jackson Barracks Powder Magazine, circa early 2000s

Jackson Barracks Powder Magazine, circa early 2000s

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Powder Magazine, front, early 2000s

Powder Magazine, front, early 2000s

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Museum entrance, pre-Katrina

Museum entrance, pre-Katrina

This structure still exists, but it is now on the side of the new museum building, built after Katrina. Image courtesy Louisiana National Guard Archives. View File Details Page

Museum Air Park, Hurricane Katrina

Museum Air Park, Hurricane Katrina

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Museum, 2013

Museum, 2013

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Huey helicopter, Louisiana National Guard Museum

Huey helicopter, Louisiana National Guard Museum

This Huey was flown by Louisiana's 812th Medical Company in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-91) as well as for rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina. It was retired in 2009. Photo courtesy Louisiana National Guard Archives View File Details Page

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Rhett Breerwood, “Jackson Barracks: The Museum Complex,” New Orleans Historical, accessed July 22, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/758.

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