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Germantown Colony Museum

The Welcome Center houses exhibits of historical artifacts, a gift shop and handicapped accessible public restrooms.

Seven miles northeast of Minden, is the Germantown Colony State Museum, is the “historical gem” of Webster Parish and one of three Harmony Society colonies founded in the US in the early 19th century. Established in 1835, the colony operated on a communal basis for 36 years, finally dispersing in 1871. Step back in time and experience how these German settlers lived in the early 19th Century as you tour original buildings of these early settlers. The Colony was placed on the official list of the Nation’s Cultural Resources Worthy of Preservation by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service in 1979. It is the most recent addition to the Louisiana Department of State Museums and a major asset to the recently developed “Heroes and Heritage Trail” throughout the state of Louisiana.

Open Thursday through Saturday 10: 00 am – 4:00 pm

Time: 45-60 Minutes

Dorcheat Historical Museum

The museum opened in June 2008. It features pioneer artifacts, including a model steamboat on Dorcheat Bayou, a log cabin, furniture, clothing, and material from the American Civil War era.

Another exhibit is dedicated to the year 1933, when Minden was struck during the Great Depression with a bank failure, a fire, and a major tornado.

Experience the life and culture of Webster Parish along with the Bayou Dorcheat area of North Louisiana. Learn about our famous people including Alan Bean, 4th Man to Walk on the Moon and the movies shot in Webster Parish.

Time Allowed – 45 Minutes

Historic Downtown Minden

The museum opened in June 2008. It features pioneer artifacts, including a model steamboat on Dorcheat Bayou, a log cabin, furniture, clothing, and material from the American Civil War era.

Another exhibit is dedicated to the year 1933, when Minden was struck during the Great Depression with a bank failure, a fire, and a major tornado.

Experience the life and culture of Webster Parish along with the Bayou Dorcheat area of North Louisiana. Learn about our famous people including Alan Bean, 4th Man to Walk on the Moon and the movies shot in Webster Parish.

Time Allowed – 45 Minutes