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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Foundation for Historical Louisiana
Foundation for Historical Louisiana

502 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70802   Directions

(225) 387-2464

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The Foundation for Historical Louisiana works quite hard to preserve the state's cultural and architectural heritage. In fact, the organization's impressive commitment is obvious when you enter the museum and see the detail and care that have gone in to each and every exhibit. The Foundation also counts on the support of the various members and the general public for financial sustenance through such activities as the Historic Marker Program and reaching out for help with specific historical sites with their Treasures in Trouble mission. Although their work is never done and the Foundation is a constant work-in-progress, you'll learn about some of Louisiana's dramatic history from the bottom up.

Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Louisiana Art and Science Museum

100 River Rd S
Baton Rouge, LA 70801   Directions

(225) 344-5272

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The Louisiana Art and Science Museum explores some of nature's most dramatic wonders both from the inside and the outside. On the inside, you can enjoy a vast array of interactive exhibits as well as see movies about volcanoes, among others. Aside from the galleries inside, peer at the galaxy outside in the Rene W. Pennington Planetarium located within the museum. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to select an item or two that will remind you of your adventurous day at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. It's the ultimate art attraction in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana State Museum
Louisiana State Museum

751 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116   Directions

(504) 568-6968

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The Louisiana State Museum is just as good at preserving the area's culture as it is celebrating it. See various thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana's colorful history, industry and culture. See artifacts from the original Louisiana Purchase, a Civil War Submarine and an amazing 48-foot wooden shrimp crawler. See a captivating exhibit on the history and traditions of Mardi Gras as well as the various cultural influences that made the food here so spicy!

Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Louisiana's Old State Capitol

100 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70801   Directions

(225) 342-0500

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The Louisiana State Capitol Building not only serves as the state's political center point, it also houses some highly interesting items that help paint a fuller, more panoramic picture of the state's development and history. The structure took only 14 months to complete and stands on a 27 acre tract of land. It also has the distinction of being the tallest capitol building in America, and has been recognized for its stylish, art-deco design. The building was finished in 1932 and has stood proudly as a beacon over the state since then. The building is open weekdays except for major holidays and there is no admission fee.

Old Governor's Mansion
Old Governor's Mansion

502 N Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70802   Directions

(225) 387-2464

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Louisiana's Old Governor's Mansion has, in a sense, gotten a second chance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that also serves as the headquarters for the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. The home has a dramatic history all its own. The structure was built in 1929 by Huey P. Long and served as the governor's residence until 1963 when a new structure was built. The house museum now houses rare artifacts, documents, and other relics of Louisiana's history and features regular tours headed by highly knowledgeable guides. The venue is also available for private parties, family gatherings and weddings.

Rural Life Museum
Rural Life Museum

4650 Essen Ln
Baton Rouge, LA 70809   Directions

(225) 765-2437

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Get a taste of what life was like in Louisiana before the industrial revolution when you visit the Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens. The museum's credo is to commemorate and preserve history and educate future generations about not only the advances that have occurred up to this point, but the ones we will likely encounter in the future. Through various classes, field trips, and special exhibits, the museum offers several opportunities to dig deeper into various aspects of everything that came before.

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