The Abita Mystery House
also known as the UCM Museum

- Louisiana's Most Eccentric Attraction

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If you are looking for things to do in New Orleans, the Abita Mystery House is less than an hour north in historic Abita Springs. This roadside attraction features a vintage service station, a 100yr old Louisiana Creole cottage, an exhibition hall of memorabilia and junk, and the much photographed House of Shards.

Come see handmade folk art animated scenes of Southern life by Louisiana inventor / artist, John Preble.  With the help of over 50,000 found and recycled objects, Preble created his own fantastic worlds: there's a Mardi Gras parade, a New Orleans jazz funeral, a rhythm and blues dance hall, a haunted Southern plantation, and much more! This joint was built with concrete, glass, wood, water, vision, and invention. Bring a sense of humor and an open mind.


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The Top Ten Comments By Visitors
1. Oh my God!
2. Do you take donations?
3. How long did all this take?
4. I have to bring my kids here!
5. Have you seen House on the Rock?
6. You sure have an imagination.
7. Now I know what to do with my junk
8. Is the 32' alligator really alive?
9. Is this the road to the SPCA?
10. Do you have a restroom?

The The Abita Mystery House is on Hwy. 36 East, one block from Abita Springs traffic circle. We are located in the center of the historic district on the popular Tammany Trace bicycle trail, open everyday but major holidays, 10am-5pm.  Everyone is welcome, even your family. Admission is $3 if you are over 3 years old.


copyright 1997-2011 John Preble