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Capitol Park Museum
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In a state that is so historically and culturally rich, this museum provides an excellent overview. Learn why Louisiana has been called the most vibrant state.

As part of the Louisiana State Museum group, Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge is a convenient way of learning about the uniqueness of this southern state. Important elements of the state’s heritage and economy are the Gulf of Mexico on its southern border and the Mississippi River that runs through its eastern boundary. Find out how these bodies of water are integral to the Bayou State’s existence.

Enter the museum and one of your first impressions will be the large number of exhibits and displays spread over two floors. Although a quick visit will give you a better understanding of the state, try to arrange at least a couple of hours to explore the museum’s contents.

One permanent exhibit, Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation, explains how the vibrancy of the state is explained through its mixed origins of people – indigenous, enslaved Africans and Acadians of French ancestry who came from where is now Nova Scotia, Canada.

See an actual shrimp trawler that is a common sight in coastal areas and an unusual submarine used during the Civil War. A scale model of a drilling rig and an oil-well head represents the important oil industry. Find out about the state’s sugar industry with a two-row sugar cane harvester on display. View an informative display that centers on how Baton Rouge became a civil rights center in 1953 by inspiring the movement to expand.

The other permanent exhibit focuses on cultures these original people gave to Louisiana, much of it in the form of music. Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America looks at musical genres that have come to be identified with the state – zydeco, Cajun, swamp pop, blues and New Orleans jazz. Spend time learning about Louis Armstrong, Buddy Guy and Pete Fountain in the interactive musical exhibits. Find out about Louisiana’s authentic Creole cuisine and discover what role voodoo has played.

Capitol Park Museum is located on North Fourth Street with a magnificent view of the Capitol building in the distance. Children 6 years old and under are admitted free and senior citizens get a discount. The museum closes late afternoons and on Sundays and Mondays. Park on River Road behind the Welcome Center.

Top Hotels Close to Capitol Park Museum

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge River Center, and Belle of Baton Rouge ...

4.1/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"Very comfortable room and friendly staff. Nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $111 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts and Baton Rouge River Center. Tiger Stadium and Louisiana ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (476 reviews)

"The overall stay was amazing !!! quiet, neat, Clean and Swanky 😍😍😍"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

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Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
3 out of 5
260 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
Free Cancellation
The price is $107 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge River Center, and Belle of Baton Rouge ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (186 reviews)

"Site was very clean and well kept. Definitely will be booking another stay very soon!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
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Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $111 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
3 out of 5
260 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $107 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
2.5 out of 5
462 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $93 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
2.5 out of 5
400 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $90 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
3.5 out of 5
200 Convention St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $99 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $295 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Baton Rouge, LA
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
3.5 out of 5
102 France St, Baton Rouge, LA
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.