Plan Your Visit
Hours and information
The Angola Museum is open every weekday, except for holidays. As we continue to grow, we hope to expand our operation hours. Tours of the main museum building are self-guided. Tours of the Old Receiving Center are only permitted when guided by a staff member, which can be arranged in the gift shop.
Please allot one hour for self-guided tours of the main museum building, and allot two hours for the main museum building and Old Receiving Center.
Open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Angola Prison Rodeo
During the Angola Prison Rodeo, the Angola Museum is also open to visitors. For the 2019 season, this includes:
Spring 2019 Rodeo Hours
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fall 2019 Rodeo Hours
Sunday, October 6, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission for individual visitors and families is free.
Group tours must be arranged by contacting the museum directly.
The Angola Museum is located at the end of the Tunica Trace (also called Highway 66) beside the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The main museum building is located outside of the penitentiary front gates. Our address is: 17544 Tunica Trace, Angola, Louisiana 70712.
You can get customized directions using Google Maps.
Visitors may park in the parking lot of the main building and only use the visitor parking of the Penitentiary whenever the museum parking lot is full. All visitor parking is free.
The Angola Museum is located adjacent to and within the largest known maximum security prison. All guests are expected to adhere to these rules during their visit to ensure the safety of guests, employees, and offenders.
1. Dress Code: Visitors cannot wear mini-skirts, halter tops, or camouflage. Visitors cannot wear any combination of blank white shirts, gray sweatshirts, blue chambray and denim pants.
2. Searches: Without warning, visitors may be subjected to a search of their persons, vehicles, and possessions. This is necessary to preclude the introduction of weapons, ammunition, explosives, cell phones, alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, escape devices, and other forbidden items and contraband into the prison grounds.
3. Electronic Devices: Electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, tape recorders, and video equipment are not permitted on the prison grounds without authorization. Guests may bring these items and use them only in the main museum building.
4. Smoking: The Louisiana State Penitentiary and the Angola Museum are non-smoking properties.
5. Weapons: All weapons, including pocket knives, are not permitted on the property.
6. Children: Children, ages 12 and below, cannot visit the museum, except with the supervision of their parent or guardian.
The Angola Museum strives to be accessible to all guests. The museum is handicapped accessible.