Here are the list of our favorite museums in Baton Rouge.
#1 – Louisiana State Museum
The Louisiana State Museum is made up of nine museums, including the Capitol Park Museum located on North Fourth Street on the mall of Louisiana’s State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
The museum contains exhibits on the culture, history, and industry of Louisiana. There are two permanent exhibits: Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America and Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation.
The exhibits cover a wide variety of topics such as slavery, the civil war, and the fight for civil liberties during the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott. They also touch on industries such as sugar cane, oil, and shrimp, and among others.
#2 – Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Located on South River Road, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum consists of art galleries, science galleries, and a planetarium. Housed in a historic 1925 railway station, the museum seeks to educate and entertain visitors of all ages. In addition to its permanent collection of fine art, the museum also mounts temporary revolving art exhibits.
With its ancient artifacts and exceptionally interesting mummy, the Ancient Egypt Gallery is quite a popular exhibit. If you are wondering what to see in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with kids, this is a great place to visit. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium serves several purposes: in addition to presenting its sky shows, it is also the venue for films and music shows. The museum’s educational programs include classes, lectures and workshops.
#3 – LSU Rural Life Museum
The LSU Rural Life Museum is a history museum located on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. Operated by the Louisiana State University, the museum is located on the 40-acre Burden Plantation and consists of 30 historic buildings.
The museum preserves and presents rural life in Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley during the 18th and 19th centuries through its artifacts, exhibits, and tours. It is an open air museum with the largest collection of local Louisiana architecture and cultural and historical objects.
The museum offers many opportunities for educational experiences and is associated with several schools and universities. The museum is open every day.
#4 – LSU Museum of Art
The LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, is spread across 13,000 square feet of space in fourteen galleries and is one of the top attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This magnificent modern space has soaring fifteen foot high ceilings and can accommodate artworks in all sizes and media. The museum has one of the largest collections of art in the South. It features a number of collections such as Chinese jade carvings, several works of Clementine Hunter, Newcomb College Pottery pieces, and so much more. Local and regional artists offer some of their art pieces for sale in the museum’s store.
It is a great place to buy a unique gift and support local artists. The museum also has a number of adult, family, and kids programs and activities.