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Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Vacation Travel Guide

With its mission of being universally interesting, this museum is popular for learning and being inspirational. Visit it in a building that has history itself.

Trains used to stop here, but now this 1925 railway station has been re-purposed to house the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge. Plan to spend some time viewing permanent and visiting exhibits at the museum located on the shores of the Mississippi River and come out knowing more about the state and even the solar system.

Walk through our solar system in Planet Tower’s two stories where all the planets are modeled to scale in relation to the Sun. You’ll get a spatial understanding of the enormity of our universe when just comparing the ratio of Saturn’s rings of nearly 15 feet (5 meters) wide with Earth being the size of a bowling ball.

Plan to attend one of the Planetarium’s showings on subjects of extraterrestrial and terrestrial discoveries. Kids can take part in the museum’s interactive exhibits.

The Ancient Egypt Gallery includes artifacts dating from 323 B.C. to 30 B.C. These include a mummy of prime interest because of its age and being singular in a number of aspects. Read the research information that indicates instead of being embalmed, this one, being a male, is desiccated and maintains his internal organs. His hair had been styled and is a reddish color, although it’s not certain if this was dyed or its natural state.

Be in awe with even older displays that include the skull of a 65-million-year-old Triceratops found in Montana in 2011 and a collection of meteorites with one dating 1 billion years before that of any rock on Earth.

Of the 4,000 items at the museum, look for art and photography pieces from many countries with a full section dedicated to Louisiana with selections from 1900 to present day.

Visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on the city’s east side on River Road, directly across from the Old State Capitol, with metered parking available on the street, surrounding roads or at nearby parking lots. The museum is open most days except Mondays and holidays. The admission fee is discounted for children under 12 years old, college students and senior citizens. Admission also includes planetarium shows.

Complete your visit by dropping in to the museum store with merchandise that often relates to the exhibits and displays.

Top Hotels Close to Louisiana Art and Science 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

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WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
Free Cancellation
The price is $111 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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)

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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 $95 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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

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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
WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $111 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
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 $95 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
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 17 to Jan 18
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
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
***IF BEDS COULD TALK Historic Beauregard DownTown quick to LSU***
***IF BEDS COULD TALK Historic Beauregard DownTown quick to LSU***
Baton Rouge, LA
***IF BEDS COULD TALK Historic Beauregard DownTown quick to LSU***
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