This unique museum is appropriately housed in a historically significant building which used to be the former Mater Dolorosa Church central to the lives of our families over generations and was built in 1908 by our Sicilian/Italian immigrant ancestors.. Within its masonry walls, this lovely museum contains information about local history and local family history. On display are old photographs and artifacts, tangible representations of how life once was and photographs which captured memories of religious celebrations and special milestones which defined the lives of the faithful of Independence and surrounding areas.
Now Open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free Admission.
Exciting events are happening at the Independence Italian Cultural Museum such as our weekly Sicilian Language Class on Saturdays, our ongoing video history project, Car Shows, Open House Family Socials, and local Sicilian and Italian royal receptions, and so much more.
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Physical Address: 524 Pine Street
Independence, LA 70443
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 582 Independence, LA 70443 USA
Tours by appointment, Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and open during the Sicilian Festival.
Independence Italian Cultural Museum in the former Mater Dolorosa Church which means Sorrowful Mother in English.
Because this historic building is 110 years old, repairs are always needed especially after Louisiana's extreme weather events.
For this museum to continue to operate, dedicated volunteers carefully make necessary repairs. John Polito is seen making sure the restored stained glass window is installed correctly.
Become a Friend of the Museum Member
For only $ 10 a year, members can attend Sicilian Language Classes for free, and your donation helps with the building's ongoing repairs.
Little Italy Festival Dancers in 1973
Museum Board member Libby Rose contributed this picture of her dad's pig, who holds the distinction of being the only pig sporting an Italian costume as she strutted through the streets of Independence during the first Little Italy Festival parade in the 1970s.
Located in the former Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church at the corner of Highway 40 and Pine Street, the Independence Italian Cultural Museum was established in 1981.
Built in 1908, the museum building is the cornerstone of Independence's Historic District.