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.
In 1990, the Louisiana Legislature placed the former statehouse under the jurisdiction of the secretary of state and appropriated funds for a major restoration project. The building re-opened as the Center for Political and Governmental History in 1994. Now referred to as the Museum of Political History, the Old State Capitol has received awards for its architecture, exhibits and preservation.
The Old State Capitol Foundation was founded in 1990 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Old State Capitol through fundraising efforts. If you are interested in making a donation to the foundation, please click the link below.
Bridger Eglin, chair
Old State Capitol Advisory Board
Courtney Dampf, chair
Mike Zobrist, chair
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Mary Durusau Museum Director
Suzette Crocker Operations and Events Director
Lauren Davis Museum Curator
Brooke Goodrich Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator
Ashley Franklin Education Coordinator
Dawn Ross Visitor Services
Debbie Buckley Visitor Services
Lauren Dugruise Volunteer Coordinator
Eric Dominic Security Supervisor
Casey Moran Maintenance Supervisor
To schedule a field trip or group tour, please visit this page to fill out the tour request form. Most week day scheduled tours are guided tours.Read More
Louisiana's Old State Capitol offers a range of exciting and educational exhibits, programs and events for all ages.Read More
Volunteers are the backbone of the Old State Capitol. We need help from regularly scheduled shifts to folks willing to work on a project-by-project basis.Read More