You know I love my city. And that entails every aspect of it – its quirks, its flaws, its character, and just every little thing that makes Baton Rouge what it is. I was born and raised here, so I think I can say this with some integrity! Not everyone who comes to visit would actually love to stay and live here, because to do that you have to crave the kind of liveliness that we have here and appreciate the spirit of the city and its history.
You really need to vibe with it. Most people who visit enjoy themselves to the max, but by the end of their stay, they’re not too sad to leave. They’ve had their fun and then they’re ready to move on. And then there are others who actually stay. But for either group of people who come here, one thing is for sure – this city imprints unforgettable experiences on them, and a piece of its charm stays with them forever.
Ok, so, I have selected the top three museums I think are worth visiting when you come here. Don’t let this fool you, though. All the museums here are worth a visit, but in case you find yourself visiting just for the weekend you’ll want to make time to also go elsewhere because there’s so much to see! Also, people rarely mention this, but I think it’s important – all the museums here have comfortable bathrooms, so you won’t have to worry that your visit will be interrupted. I’m sure you know that museum visits take pretty long if you want to see as much as possible.
The LSU Museum of Art is located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, and it has fourteen galleries. It has hosted a number of historic and contemporary art exhibitions, and it actually has one of the largest art collections in the South. They have programs there for people of all ages, so even if you have kids, they won’t be bored like they usually are in museums!
Next, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum is a large building made up of art galleries, science galleries, and even a planetarium. My brother loved the planetarium when we were kids, and I was always bored, but I really like it now. There is a permanent collection of fine art, but there are some ongoing temporary exhibits. There is actually an Ancient Egypt gallery, and I’d really recommend that one!
Finally, there’s the Capitol Park Museum, which is actually a part of a bigger establishment – The Louisiana State Museum which is made up of no less than nine museums located throughout Louisiana. The exhibits here usually cover topics such as slavery and the civil war, and it has two permanent exhibits called Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation and Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America, so, you’ll have your history covered.
That said, I hope you’ll enjoy visiting these and come back again soon!