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Shreveport Water Works Museum

142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614
+1 318-221-3388
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Has potential

This place really does have some potential to be really neat. It's free and unguided. They have a... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Natchitoches, Louisiana
via mobile
Well Preserved

Now privately supported, the Shreveport Water Works Museum (formerly known as the McNeil St... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
David T
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic Landmark. Free admission.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614
+1 318-221-3388
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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
Reviewed 28 May 2017

I didn't think I would find this museum interesting but after visiting it turned out to be quite interesting and I am glad I stopped. There was one other couple on the tour and our tour guide Kevin was great. The tour lasted a little...More

2  Thank OnTheRoadAgain1056
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This was actually pretty cool. Nice and quiet. We weren't there and the volunteer/staff were working another area. We were there about an hour and had the place to ourselves. I actually learned quite a lot but my son has said I should have been...More

Thank Chickinaugusta
Reviewed 20 April 2017

You want not think this would be that interesting but it was very neat! History of Shreveport's first water plant that supplied water to the downtown area. Was operated by steam from late 1800's to 1980's. A working model explains how raw water was pulled...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This was a very informative tour of the old water works buildings and grounds. A must for the men who love old machinery and engines etc. I found it very interesting as the very informative guide explained and showed us on a working model explaining...More

Thank held49
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This museum is actually the waterworks dating to the mid 1800's. Listed as a National Historical Place, it is located near downtown Shreveport on Twelve MileBayou. The docent, a very nice and enthusiastic gentleman gave a tour and explained how it worked and its importance...More

1  Thank omatonolan
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Very interesting museum. One of a kind. Worth stopping in if you are in town. Kevin is super knowledgeable and answers all of our questions! He makes this place!!

Thank TC c
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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