The 40,000 square foot museum will house the largest collection of European and Native American artifacts from the Colonial period. The museum will have Tunica Treasures artifacts on display and will also house traveling exhibits in the future.
The multi-story building will feature the Tunica-Biloxi Museum, gift shop, tribal government offices, library, restoration/conservation laboratory, exhibit hall, classrooms, auditorium, video/audio conference rooms and computer lab.
“We are excited to share this new museum with our Paragon Casino Resort guests,” said Earl Barbry, Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. “The museum will offer a more in-depth look at the history of the tribes for visitors to Avoyelles Parish.”
Northwestern State University (NSU) will also offer both undergraduate and graduate courses at the new facility beginning in 2012.
“We are excited about this partnership between the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and Northwestern State University,” said Dr. Randall J. Webb, president of NSU. “We see this as an opportunity of offering educational opportunities for the people of Marksville, Avoyelles Parish and the surrounding region in a convenient location.”
The museum will be officially open to the public after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Museum hours from November 30 to December 31 will be: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Beginning January 9, 2012, hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission prices are:
Children: (9-12) $3
Children: (8-under) Free with purchase of adult admission (Does not apply to children in groups)
Seniors: (65 +)/Military: (with ID) $4
Members of CERC: Free
Group visits are available at reduced rates for a minimum of twenty and a maximum of fifty people. Reservations must be made by phone at least two weeks in advance.
For more information on tours, please call 318-240-6450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.