<p>Within these landmark buildings, LSM preserves, researches and exhibits artifacts from a&nbsp;permanent&nbsp;collection&nbsp;of nearly 500,000 objects. Highlights include major collections of Louisiana paintings and decorative arts from colonial times to the present; costumes and ephemera illustrating the history of Carnival in Louisiana; a globally recognized collection of musical instruments, recordings, sheet music and photographs illustrating the history of New Orleans jazz and Louisiana music; and an extensive document archive housed at the&nbsp;Louisiana&nbsp;Historical Center, which includes comprehensive judicial and civil records of French and Spanish colonial rule from 1718 to 1803. See our Online Collections <a href="https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-museum/collections/index"><s...

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