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Museums in Louisiana

Louisiana's museums offer a deep look into the stories, history, creative talent and engineering that have all shaped Louisiana to be what she is today.

The Bayou State treasures its long history and values the ongoing artistic contributions of its many talented citizens and keeps them preserved and on display. The result is an abundance of museums in every corner of the state including–but not limited to–nine State Museums, galleries and historic structures that preserve and exhibit the state's most valued assets for anyone who chooses to see them. 

Explore the expected and unexpected aspects of Louisiana's culture and heritage including cotton, trains, voodoo, Mardi Gras, lighthouses, dolls, boat building, military history, African American history, art and a whole lot more.

 

Take A Look Inside Louisiana's Museums

National WWII Museum

Get a glimpse of the museum that tells the American story of WWII. The museum is located at 945 Magazine Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans Jazz Museum

The old New Orleans Mint is now the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The Louisiana State Museum is located at 400 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens

DId you know Coca-Cola was first bottled in Monroe, Louisiana? Learn about that and more on a visit to the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.

The Presbytère

Welcome to one of the most historic buildings in the French Quarter. The Presbytère is located next to St. Louis Cathedral, overlooking Jackson Square. This Louisiana State Museum features revolving exhibitions along with permanent Mardi Gras artifacts. Add 751 Chartres Street in New Orleans as a must-visit on your itinerary!

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Curious about New Orleans' voodoo history and culture? The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum will educate and entertain you in their location at 724 Dumaine Street.

LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts

Planning a trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Capital City? Stop by one of the first "green" buildings in the Red Stick–The Shaw Center for the Arts–and experience the LSU Museum of Art! The museum is located in the heart of the city at 100 Lafayette Street.

Touchstone Wildlife Museums

Take a walk on the wild side at Touchstone Wildlife Museum in Haughton, Louisiana–near Shreveport.

Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Eddie G. Robinson is one of Louisiana's greats! Learn what made him a Louisiana legend with a visit to the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the campus of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site

Visit Louisiana's only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Pioneer, Louisiana near Monroe and learn about our ancient civilization.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Learn all about Louisiana's sports legends at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

River Road African American Museum

Learn about the history and culture of enslaved and free African Americans in rural South Louisiana.

North Louisiana Military Museum

Head to Ruston, Louisiana to experience the North Louisiana Military Museum where you'll see military uniforms, vehicles, weaponry and memorabilia.

Delta Music Museum & Arcade Theatre

Head to Ferriday, Louisiana to learn about Louisiana music legend like the three cousins–Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley–and more!

Capitol Park Museum

One of nine Louisiana State Museums, the Capitol Park Museum is located across from the State Capitol and features interactive exhibits from across the Bayou State.

Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum

Did you know Bonnie and Clyde's interstate crime spree ended in Louisiana? Visit the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, Louisiana to see a replica of their car and other artifacts from the notorious criminals.

Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum

Learn about the down-the-bayou aquaculture at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum in Houma, Louisiana.

Vermilionville Historic Village

Learn about the history and culture of the Native Americans, Acadians, and Creoles in this living history museum.

Dorcheat Historical Museum

Learn about the history of Webster Parish in this Minden, Louisiana museum.

International Petroleum Museum & Exposition

Head to Morgan City, Louisiana and visit the only museum in the world where the public can walk aboard an authentic offshore oil drilling rig at the International Petroleum Museum & Exposition.

Louisiana's Old State Capitol

Learn about Louisiana's rich political history and the democratic process through exhibits, programs and the arts. The beautiful Gothic building overlooks the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge.

R.W. Norton Art Gallery & Museum

This world-class gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana houses an iconic collection spanning more than four millennia and 40 acres of botanic gardens.

Kentwood Museum

This museum honors the pop princess who calls Kentwood home–Britney Spears, WWII veterans and the history of the famous Kentwood Spring Water. Experience this museum and more in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.

Abita Mystery House

Love a good roadside attraction? Then you'll love this quirky, eclectic gem tucked away in the quaint town of Abita Springs on the Louisiana Northshore! While you're there, be sure to stop at Abita Brewing Company for a tour!

Vivian Railroad Station Museum

Learn about North Caddo Parish's railroad history and other fun facts about the area when you visit Vivian, Louisiana. There's plenty to see and do along Louisiana's Boom or Bust Scenic Byway!

The Cabildo - Louisiana State Museum

Originally the seat of the Spanish government in New Orleans, The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in the city. When you visit the Crescent City, head to Jackson Square and explore the museum.

1811 Kid Ory Historic House

Learn about the 1811 Slave Revolt and the history of Jazz at this uplifting museum in LaPlace, Louisiana. The museum resides in one of the oldest homes in St. James Parish.

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

Learn the stories of General Claire Chennault and other historic military figures and events from WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana.

LSU Rural Life Museum

Step into the country in the heart of Baton Rouge and visit the LSU Rural Life Museum. The museum preserves the culture of 18th and 19th century Louisiana and features multi-faceted exhibits. Don't miss the opportunity to stroll through the 25-acre grounds including Windrush Gardens when you visit.

Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum

This museum interprets Louisiana's storied history of its oil industry from past to present. Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum is located in the aptly named Oil City, near Shreveport in North Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

Zigler Art Museum

The Zigler Art Museum list is on the must-stop list for any aesthete visiting Louisiana. The newly renovated cultural center places an emphasis on art education and developing Louisiana artists. Located in Jennings, Louisiana, the museum is located between Lake Charles and Lafayette in Jeff Davis Parish, Louisiana.

Southern University Museum of Art - Shreveport

Located in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, SUMA features African-American art from the permanent collection of Southern University in Baton Rouge. The museum is dedicated to maintaining a standard of excellence in the care and collection of art and artifacts.

Fort Polk Museum

The Fort Polk Museum captures and preserves the relationship and long-standing history between the Army and Leesville, Louisiana and the surrounding area.

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