Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has a vibrant and rich history and culture. In Lake Charles, the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center boasts three floors of traveling exhibits and two permanent local galleries (Black Heritage Gallery and Gallery by the Lake). Additionally, Imperial Calcasieu Museum and Henning Cultural Center displays historical and cultural artifacts and hosts local fine art exhibits. The DeQuincy Railroad Museum features railroad history paired with displays of a steam engine, passenger car, and a caboose.

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