About the Museum

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Dedicated to our history.

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.

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The Old State Capitol Foundation

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.

Old State Capitol Foundation Board

Bridger Eglin, chair
Nancy Broadhurst
Nancy Crawford
Rochelle Dugas
Donna Mayeux
Larry Murray
Vera Olds
Bill Potter
Lynnel Ruckert
Susan Westbrook

Old State Capitol Advisory Board
Courtney Dampf, chair
Paul Arrigo
Leslie Hurst
Vivian Kerr
Kay Long
Wayne Parent

Friends of the Old State Capitol

Mike Zobrist, chair

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Our Staff

Have a specific question? We have answers. Find contact information for our knowledgeable staff here.

Mary Durusau Museum Director
Suzette Crocker Operations and Events Director
Lauren Davis Museum Curator

Ashley Shoptaugh Education Coordinator

Dawn Ross Visitor Services
Debbie Buckley Visitor Services
Lauren Dugruise Volunteer Coordinator
Eric Dominic Security Supervisor
Casey Moran Maintenance Supervisor

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Book a Tour

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.

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Exhibits & Events

Louisiana's Old State Capitol offers a range of exciting and educational exhibits, programs and events for all ages.

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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.

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