Louisiana's Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure, stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165-year-old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment and an occasional fistfight. Today, the building stands as a testament to bold, inspired leadership and active citizenship.
A National Historic Landmark located in downtown Baton Rouge next to the Mississippi River, the Old State Capitol currently houses a museum of political history, which contains several state-of-the-art exhibits. The museum is governed by the Louisiana Secretary of State and is committed to strengthening leadership, service and citizenship.
Since 1994, the former statehouse has served the people of Louisiana as a historical, cultural, civic and educational institution whose primary purpose is to collect, preserve and present, as an educational resource, documents, objects of art and artifacts that reflect the state's politics, history, art and culture.
The museum's multimedia history exhibits engage visitors in an interactive exploration of the events and people that contributed to Louisiana's story, while the award-winning Ghost of the Castle show explores the tumultuous history of the building, our greatest artifact. The museum also serves as a venue for press conferences, traveling exhibits, special programs and an annual lecture series.
The Old State Capitol is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, received the National Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Award for Excellence in Architectural Design from the American Institute for Architects. The museum also received the Themed Entertainment Association Award in 2012 for the Ghost of the Castle show for Cultural Heritage Attractions.
If you are interested in donating artifacts to the museum's collection, please contact the Curator.