Founded in 1906 with a mission to collect, preserve, interpret and present the state's rich history and diverse cultures. Our "collection" includes a complex of seven historic French Quarter buildings that have become icons of New Orleans - especially the Cabildo and Presbytère on Jackson Square - and a statewide system of regional and special focus history museums in Baton Rouge, Thibodaux and Patterson, La.
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Welcome to the Louisiana State Museum!

Founded in 1906 with a mission to collect, preserve, interpret and present the state's rich history and diverse cultures, the Museum's collection now totals more than 450,000 artifacts and works of art. These provide an authentic experience of Louisiana to visitors from around the world while enhancing the quality of life for residents.

Our "collection" includes a complex of seven historic French Quarter buildings that have become icons of New Orleans - especially the Cabildo and Presbytère on Jackson Square - and a statewide system of regional and special focus history museums in Baton Rouge, Thibodaux, Patterson and Natchitoches.

We look forward to your visit. Meanwhile, check here often for the latest on exhibitions, programs and our ever-growing collections of fascinating history!



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From "Dirty Shirts" to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture  

Handcrafted Treasures from the Louisiana Crafts Guild  

The Louisiana State Museum – Patterson’s newest exhibit, Handcrafted Treasures from the Louisiana Crafts Guild, opens with a reception Sept. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Crafts on display include ceramics, jewelry, dolls, glass works, and many other fine crafts made entirely by hand. Highlights include delicate glass sculptures created by Simone Little, whimsical paper mache animal masks made by Season Bivens, and colorful “pysanky” eggs painted by Nicole Holcombe.
Admission is free.