This unique museum is appropriately housed in the historically significant building which formerly was Mater Dolorosa Church, central to the lives of our families over generations. It was built in 1908 by our Italian immigrant ancestors.. Within its masonry walls, this lovely museum contains information about local family history. On display are old photographs and artifacts, which capture memories of religious celebrations and special milestones which defined the lives of the faithful of Independence and surrounding areas.
Open Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Free Admission - Donations Appreciated for much needed repairs to save this historic museum, unique architectural gem, and tourist attraction attracting tourists from as far as California, Virginia, and repeat visitors from Illinois
Pictures from our 2018 Christmas Party/Open House at the Museum
Exciting events are happening at the Independence Italian Cultural Museum. Saturday, June 16, 2018, Nina Ignaczak filmed a documentary on the Sicilian language. She is being funded with support from the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Grant, in partnership with the National Italian American Foundation. On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, a Louisiana Historic Preservation representative took photos and interviewed museum board members to help us with the nomination process for the National Register of Historic Places in Louisiana.
Independence Italian Cultural Museum in the former Mater Dolorosa Church which means Sorrowful Mother in English.
Cucuzza Harvest at the Museum ! This picture was taken during a visit from documentary film makers from Detroit, Michigan were here because we are only one of two museums - New York City and Independence, Louisiana - trying to preserve the Sicilian Language.
Become a "Friend of the Museum" Member.
For only $ 10 a year, members have access to Sicilian Language Classes, car shows, social events, Italian cookie making demonstrations, and open houses. Your donation helps with the ongoing repairs to the museum.
Little Italy Festival Dancers in 1973
Museum Board member Libby LaMarca Rose contributed this picture of her dad's pig, Snow, who holds the distinction of being the only pig sporting an Italian costume as she strutted through the streets of Independence during the Little Italy Festival parade in the 1970s.
Located at 524 Pine Street in the town of Independence, Louisiana at the corner of Highway 40 and Pine Street, the Independence Italian Cultural Museum is housed in the former Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, which was built in 1908.
The Independence Italian Cultural Museum contains photographs, artifacts, artwork, and religious items which provide a glimpse into Sicilian-American and Italian-American heritage. Our mission is the preservation and restoration of the history of the Italian American community. We strive to preserve Sicilian and Italian culture, music, art, language especially the Sicilian language which is endangered worldwide including the Island of Sicily partially due to the long, turbulent history of Sicily.
Museum Bd. member Libby LaMarca Rose spoke about what the Independence Italian Cultural Museum has to offer and about the museum's upcoming fundraiser "A Night in Little Italy Sotto le Stelle/Under the Star."
Museum Bd. members surveying and working in the loft.
Last September, "A Night in Little Italy Sotto le Stelle/Under the Stars" which is our first ever dinner gala fundraiser because the museum is in urgent need of a completely new roof. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket, donated, and/or helped in any way !!! Because of you, this gala was such a success, the museum will get a new roof, and this event will become an annual event to address other much needed repairs and because everyone had enjoyed this gala so much. Museum Bd. volunteers voted to call this event to honor the founders of the "Little Italy Festival" original name of the town's heritage festival.