The Spring Street Museum began life as Tally’s Bank in 1866. Construction on the building began in 1861, but wasn’t completed until 1865 due to the American Civil War. It has remained one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city of Shreveport.
The building officially become the Spring Street Museum in 1977. The small two-story museum is dedicated to telling the history of Shreveport. The Spring Street Museum was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The first floor contains a series of exhibits highlighting major moments in the story of Shreveport. You will find items such as arrowheads of the Caddo people, a Confederate officer’s jacket, medicine bottles and microscopes from the 1873 Yellow Fever Epidemic, and even a vault from Tally’s Bank. Each of the exhibit cases also includes several drawers that can be pulled out to reveal even more historical artifacts.
The second floor is a replica of a Victorian-era parlor. Exhibited items include porcelain dishes and vases, Persian rugs, and 18th and 19th Century furniture. The wrought iron railing on the exterior of the building dates back to the building’s original construction in 1865.
Know Before You Go
The Spring Street Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., baring major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.