Old State Capitol is a museum of Louisiana political history
The beautifully restored capitol has received accolades for its architecture and exhibits.
In 1990, the Louisiana Legislature placed the former statehouse under the jurisdiction of the secretary of state and appropriated funds for a major restoration project. The building reopened as the Center for Political and Governmental History in 1994. Today, the building stands as a testament to bold, inspired leadership and active citizenship.
One of its newest attractions is the Governors’ Portrait Gallery, which features portraits of each governor of Louisiana hanging in the four corners surrounding the second floor level of the rotunda. You can access interactive kiosks to learn about these governors — who they were, what they did and how their incumbency influenced the history of Louisiana. The exhibit will spark your curiosity and leave you wanting to learn more about the colorful history of Louisiana’s state government.
The staff of the Old State Capitol welcome visitors for special events, including cocktail parties under the stained-glass dome’s splendor, seminars, weddings and receptions in the House and Senate chambers. In addition to these special events, Secretary Dardenne and staff also welcome speakers, performers and presenters from the social, political and cultural worlds.
A new guest experience at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is a celebration of the Louisiana spirit. It features a story that consolidates many narratives and provides guests with a dramatic, memorable experience. See it Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m., at 100 North Blvd.,Baton Rouge; 800.488.2968 or 225.342.0500, www.sos.louisiana.gov/osc