Louisiana's Old State Capitol

100 North Boulevard,Louisiana's Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA 70801 - United States





Free Everyday

Louisiana's Old State Capitol is a neo-Gothic architectural treasure, standing high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165-year-old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment and an occasional fistfight or two! Today, the building stands as a testament to inspired leadership and active citizenship.

Admission is free, but with your Museum Day ticket, you can also view the award-winning film, "The Ghost of the Castle," a multi-media presentation that tells the history of this remarkable building in an amazing immersive experience, free of charge.

The Old State Capitol is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, received the National Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Award for Excellence in Architectural Design from the American Institute for Architects. The museum also received the Themed Entertainment Association Award in 2012 for the Ghost of the Castle show for Cultural Heritage Attractions.


Current exhibits include "Visions of an American Dreamland," and an exhibition commemorating the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Visitors will also see exhibitions on the political history of Louisiana including a chance to hear speeches of past Governors, and the controversial career and death of Governor Huey P. Long. The cast-iron central rotunda features the portraits of Louisiana's governors, on display within the spectacular central stained-glass filled atrium. Audio tours are also available free of charge. The museum also has a Gift Shop and staff that can provide information for other tourist sites in the area.

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