Truly one of the most bizarre museums in the state, if not the country, the Mystery House, located in nearby Abita Springs (yes, home of the brewery) is truly something to behold. It’s a junkyard, scraproom, and outsider art paradise, featuring everything from a vintage service station to scenes of classic New Orleans made out of recycled trash, including a tiny jazz funeral, a haunted Southern plantation, and an R&B house, among other things. Then there’s the “House of Shards,” a comb collection, a “bassigator” and a “doggator,” old arcade games, and more weird vintage crap than you ever thought could be assembled in a single place. So, it’s pretty much amazing.
Fact: Louisiana incarcerates more people than any place in the entire world, and the State Penitentiary at Angola is a testament to that. Angola has a sweet prison rodeo, but it also has a museum about, what else, the penitentiary itself. It is, in fact, the only prison museum in the country operated within an active prison. Essentially, it’s Louisiana’s Alcatraz, only it still has prisoners. Fascinating stuff… just make sure not to steal anything from the gift shop.