The Jackson Barracks Museum tells the story of the Louisiana Militia and National Guard from colonial settlement in the early 18th century to current deployments across the globe. Organized by time period and major conflict you will find replica colonial soldiers uniforms and weapons, a British cannon used at the Battle of New Orleans and a 27-star national flag carried through the 1848 Mexican war. The Civil War exhibits display uniforms, equipment and artillery pieces as well as a rare, late-war letter penned by General Robert E. Lee. The deck gun of the USS New Orleans anchors our Spanish American war exhibit and a 1917 Cadillac staff car and rare Renault Tank are features of the World War I period displays. Our World War II area contains an early war Stuart Light Tank, a Norden Bombsight and actual walls from a WWII building surrounding by barrack's furnishings and soldier's personal items. To experience the life of a Louisiana Air Guard pilot you can sit in the cockpit of an F-4 Jet and view the armament it carried. Our latest exhibits feature The LA Guard's service during Desert Storm in 1990-91, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don't forget to visit our outdoor exhibits of planes, artillery and tanks as well!
For those interested in researching Louisiana military history please call for an appointment to work with our archive and library collection or start by reviewing the Collections page on our website.