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Shreveport Water Works Museum

142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614
+1 318-221-3388
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Interesting Overall

Me and my party had visited here to see how water was filtered years ago. This was a fun experience... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bossier City, Louisiana
Fascinating Hidden Gem of a Museum

We were just spending 1 wknd in town, needed to kill some time on Sat morning and came across this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic Landmark. Free admission.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614
+1 318-221-3388
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me and my party had visited here to see how water was filtered years ago. This was a fun experience for me and my family. We had walked to the office/restroom area before we had started to walk through the museum. And we had seen...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were just spending 1 wknd in town, needed to kill some time on Sat morning and came across this museum on TripAdvisor. We stopped in just after opening time and had the place to ourselves. What a wonderful little museum. Really fascinating equipment, and...More

1  Thank Magen D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have lived in Shreveport all my life and finally made it to the waterworks museum... its was very well done and interesting....so glad the friends of the museum are keeping it going! Thank you Liz Swaine for an awesome tour!

2  Thank Kim W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On Saturday we went on a field trip to the Shreveport Water Works Museum. It was a great experience. Our tour guide Kevin was the best. He was very knowledgeable. Would definitely go again and will recommend it to some teacher friends about bringing kids...More

2  Thank Malissa C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited based on positive TA reviews. While you wouldn't spend hours here, it was very interesting. To see massive equipment built before the turn of the 20th Century and used well into the 80's and 90's was amazing. The gentleman that showed us around...More

2  Thank GGsMommie
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Our family visited on a weekday and there were three other families visiting as well. Our guide, Kevin, was very knowledgeable of Shreveport's history. My husband who grew up in Shreveport didn't know the museum existed. The tour was engaging, enlightening and very much worth...More

1  Thank kawgates
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This place really does have some potential to be really neat. It's free and unguided. They have a cute little railroad building there too that was fun. I think that if there were more description about what the machines were it would have been so...More

1  Thank KB013
Dale W, Manager at Shreveport Water Works Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

The museum has a brochure for a self-guided tour that has a good bit of information about everyting, but it sounds like you may have overlooked it. The best way to see the museum is a guided tour with our docent, but he must have...More

Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Now privately supported, the Shreveport Water Works Museum (formerly known as the McNeil St. Pumping Station) was among the earliest water purification plants to use filtration and chlorine. Opened in 1887, the plant last operated in 1992. Much of the equipment is 100 years old...More

1  Thank David T
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

After reading so many good reviews we decided to visit here. It's pretty interesting and would have liked to have a guide or more explanations of what the machines actually did. The machines are large and have specific jobs that are somewhat detailed with signs...More

2  Thank g m
Dale W, Manager at Shreveport Water Works Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2017

The museum does have a tour guide, but apparently he was busy with someone else and you missed him. We are running the museum with donations and only have one person on site. The self-guiding tour is ok, but you are right that a guided...More

Reviewed 24 June 2017

Wonderful, unassuming museum dedicated to the business of supplying water to an entire town. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and it's clear that the people who help maintain the museum and its displays are passionate about preserving this bit of Shreveport history. An...More

2  Thank Rogeraj
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30 June 2016|
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Response from filmbuffintexas | Reviewed this property |
This museum is Shreveport's first water work which was built in 1887 before the age of electricity. Everything has been preserved as it was and best of all it is a National Historic Landmark. Admission is free but... More
doris t
18 March 2016|
Response from Dale W | Property representative |
The Shreveport Water Works Museum exhibits a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark that was said by the Smithsonian to be America's last operating steam powered water works when it was... More