Visiting Exhibits

Fossil Giants: Dinosaurs & Mammals

April 2014 through April 2015 - Triassic/Jurassic Period
Admission & Pricing Information | Read the Press Release

Dinosaurs are coming to Downtown! On April 5, Fossil Giants: Dinosaurs & Mammals will make its Louisiana debut at the Lafayette Science Museum with towering fossils, dazzling minerals, and prehistoric bones. 

Unfolding over the course of three years, the exhibit will show how dinosaurs, and eventually mammals, evolved over the course of millions of years.  As you and your family wander among dynamically-posed fossil casts, you’ll get up close and personal with the prehistoric beasts that roamed the Earth long before we did.

The exhibit also kicks off our partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Geosciences Department. In addition to providing academic support to the dinosaur exhibit, the University’s extensive collection of fossils, rocks, and minerals will be on display for members and visitors. Unearth these beautiful specimens, learn about their chemical makeup, and explore how minerals are used.  

You know about dinosaurs from the movies — now’s your chance to come to the Lafayette Science Museum and sink your teeth into some real history. Start planning your visit now!


Penguins - Photographs by J. J. L'Heureux

April 15th – May 18th, 2014

Except for the sounds of the rookeries, the expansion and contraction of the ice, and the howl of the wind, Antarctica is very much like the soundless photographs presented in this exhibition.Traveling along the ice shelves from Atka Bay to Halley Station, painter, naturalist and photographer J. J. L’Heureux turns her camera to the emperor penguins and their adaptations to the cold and wind of the continent. This exhibition was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

About the Photographer

J. J. L’Heureux lives and works out of her studio in Venice, California. In 2000-2001 she made her first trip to Antarctica in order to collect digital images of ice and snow for a white-on-white color field series of “landscape” paintings with ice as the focus that she was working on. During this first expedition, L’Heureux’s image collection expanded to include the wildlife and pristine environment. Penguins, all types of seals, whales and the unique varieties of birdlife found in the Southern Oceans became her living models inhibiting the vast, windy, white and cold landscapes.

After her first exposure to Antarctica she returned nearly every year thereafter to continue building her extensive digital database. Sometimes she went as a passenger on a Russian icebreaker, as an art and photography lecturer on adventure cruises with Quark Expeditions or on her own in a small motor sailor, the Golden Fleece, to circumnavigate South Georgia. 

L’Heureux has worked in the Falkland Islands to gather images of penguin colonies that inhabit that windy and isolated place. She also participated with the South African Penguin Study on Robben Island, South Africa, collecting data that the Marine and Coastal Management Unit of South Africa will use to help protect and encourage this endangered species. She is now in the process of preparing to depart for the Sub-Antarctic Islands, south of New Zealand, in order to collect images of 6 additional species of penguin and 15 species of albatross found in the region.

J. J. L’Heureux attended the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, the Academy of Art, San Francisco, California, the Parsons School of Design, New York, New York, and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. She also completed a one year course taught in conjunction with the San Francisco Zoological Society and the University of California that led to her becoming a certified docent at the San Francisco Zoo.