Disclosure: I participated in a hosted FAM tour with the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to help bring awareness to the area and the historical aspects. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you’re a sports fan or even if you aren’t, but you love a good museum, pay the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame a visit. I’m not a huge sports fan, besides baseball, but I don’t even follow that as close as I used to, but I absolutely loved this. Located in downtown Natchitoches, the museum opened it’s doors in 2013. The building however, does not fit in with the rest of the surrounding buildings. The inside especially is an architectural dream and flows like the nearby Cane River, with possibly no straight lines or corners.
There are currently 400 hall of fame members, with 11 new members inducted each year. Members include athletes, coaches, sportswriters, and those who have made an impact on Louisiana sports. One such person is Dave Dixon, who was inducted in 1999. He was influential in bringing the Saints to New Orleans and now has a sports leadership award named after him. Well known members include Shaq, Archie Manning, Terry Bradshaw, and Mel Ott. The first floor of the museum concentrates on the recent inductees and lists out all the inductees on one wall. What I thought was neat though, was the interactive touch screens. Using them, you could search through all the Hall of Fame members, but hometown, sport, name, or alma mater. Every sport you can imagine is covered. You can them read their stats, bio, quotes about them, and how they are tied to Louisiana. A person doesn’t have to be born in the state to qualify, but could have played at the college or professional level or worked in the field. The second floor houses some of the less popular sports exhibits, including high school sports, as well as the Northwest Louisiana History Museum. The museum tells the story of how the Caddo Indians, French, and Spanish settlers, free and enslaved Africans, and rural southern whites helped create the region’s distinctive culture. The exhibits focus on seven major themes, including Living Traditions, which explores present-day handcrafts, cuisine, social customs and flourishing subcultures the area.
The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.
Adults – $5
Students, senior citizens, active military – $4
Children 12 and under – Free
School groups meeting required criteria – Free