Louisiana Art and Science Museum’s building was once a railway station, first built in 1925 in downtown Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a popular site for area schools to visit; students contribute to around 85,000 of the 175,000 total annual visitors.
Mission and Philosophy
The Louisiana Art and Science Museum aims to aid in the understanding and enjoyment of art and science for both the general public as well as students. The exhibits are designed to be unique and educational experiences which promote active discovery and encourage visitors to pursue further knowledge. The Museum’s interdisciplinary approach to art and science – and belief that the two areas inform and reflect each other – means that its content aims to work in tandem, with each side elucidating the other.
Ongoing Programs & Education
Exhibits in the Museum are constantly changing, as are the events which are put on. There are many differently monthly events aimed at getting children into science, engineering or art, which usually run on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Museum also serves the community through a regular program of workshops, lectures, classes, camps and teacher in-services. As a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, it works to promote and teach these subjects to a wider audience. Programs run every summer to engage children in productive and educational pursuits, from teaching them about science to helping them learn to create animated art.
Coming straight out of the doors of Louisiana Art and Science Museum, visitors are met with the rolling Mississippi River which creates a pleasant backdrop to a stroll around Baton Rouge’s downtown. Across the River Road to the east lies the Old State Capitol, and many other interesting local landmarks are within walking distance of the Museum.
Address: 100 River Road South Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802 website, Phone: 225-344-5272
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