Capitol Park Museum exhibition entrance in Baton Rouge (Photo by P.J. Hahn)
Capitol Park Museum

Explore Louisiana's vast history and culture all in one place.

From a Civil War-era submarine to swamp pop, discover it all at Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.
Hopkin's painting entitled "Desiree as Creole Madame Recamier"
The Cabildo

Creole New Orleans, Honey! The Art of Andrew LaMar Hopkins

Exhibition is now on view at the Cabildo.
A happy, newly married couple share a kiss on top of the Cabildo overlooking Jackson Square

Where your special day becomes a part of history...

Support Louisiana State Museums by hosting your private event with us.
Beautiful and historic Rex costumes on display at the Presbytère.
The Presbytere

Rex: The 100th Anniversary of the School of Design

Celebrate their history and contributions to the Carnival season only at the Presbytère on Jackson Square.
chaperoned group of school children explore a history exhibition (photo by Mark J. Sindler/Louisiana State Museum)

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Louisiana State Museums have a wide array of educational programs for school groups of all ages.
HIstorical baseball memorabilia on display at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum. (Photo by P.J. Hahn)
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame/NW Louisiana History

Discover the G.O.A.T.s of Louisiana

Plan your visit to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches!

Each Louisiana State Museum location holds a place of its own in the state’s rich history. These remarkable sites are woven into the fabric of the French Quarter, nestled on the banks of scenic Bayou Lafourche in rural Cajun country and an award-winning masterpiece in northwest Louisiana. 

They’re part of a system of National Historic Landmarks showcasing Louisiana’s history and culture, which are unlike any other state. Visit one of our nine locations and see how Louisianans have lived and continue to live, contributing as few have to America’s identity, soul and energy.

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Sportsmans Paradise

The Hall of Fame’s exhibits and interactive media trace the history of Louisiana sports and highlight the importance of sports to life in Louisiana. High-definition videos capture in-game drama and excitement, and touch-screens reveal sports stars’ life stories, career stats and colorful quotes.

The exterior view of Wedell Williams Avaiation Museum

The Wedell-Williams Aviation Collection highlights the legacy of Louisiana aviation pioneers Jimmie Wedell and Harry P. Williams, who formed an air service together in 1928 in Patterson. Both men became nationally prominent during the Golden Age of Aviation. Although both Wedell and Williams perished in plane crashes, their legacy lives on in the memorabilia and planes on display in this collection.

Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge

From Louis Armstrong to Huey P. Long, from Mardi Gras to fais-do-do, and from the nation-building commerce of the Mississippi River to the life-sustaining bounty of the Gulf of Mexico, the Capitol Park Museum provides a panoramic exploration of the most vibrant state in America.

E.D. White historic site exterior view from down a path

This National Historic Landmark, situated on the banks of scenic Bayou Lafourche near Thibodaux, was the residence of two of Louisiana’s foremost political figures: Edward Douglas White, who was governor from 1835 to 1839, and his son, Edward Douglass White, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1894 and served as chief justice from 1910 to 1921. An exhibit in this historic home tells the story of the Bayou Lafourche area, with features on the Chitimacha Indians, Acadian settlers, slavery, sugar cane plantations and the White family.

Greater New Orleans
Exterior view of The Cabildo
New Orleans

Your visit to New Orleans’ historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America’s history.

The Presbytere Exterior at night
New Orleans

The Presbytère was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana’s singular past and its vibrant present.

Exterior of the The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint
New Orleans

The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates jazz in the city where it was born. Through dynamic interactive exhibitions, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities and engaging musical performances, the music New Orleans made famous is explored in all its forms.

1850 exterior view
New Orleans

Few places offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of our ancestors from more than 150 years ago. The 1850 House is one of these rare places, offering a glimpse of upper-middle-class life in antebellum New Orleans, the most prosperous period in the city’s history.

madame john's Pottery exhibit under a glass case.
New Orleans

Anyone with an eye for architecture will want to check out Madame John’s Legacy in the historic French Quarter. It is one of the finest 18th-century building complexes in Louisiana and one of the best examples of French colonial architecture in North America. Built in 1788 following a devastating fire that destroyed eighty percent of the city, it was constructed in the French colonial style that prevailed before the disaster.