Frequently Asked Questions

Museum Expectations

The Louisiana Old State Capitol is full of historical artifacts including the building itself. In order to continue to preserve the building and artifacts and for your safety we ask that you obey all signage and our general rules:

  • No Running
  • No Horse Playing
  • No food or drinks (including gum)
  • Stay to the wide side of the steps when walking up and down the stairs

The handicap entrance is located near the back of the building. Please follow the sidewalk to the rear side of the building where a security guard will let you in. An elevator is available to take guests to each floor. Strollers are welcome.

The Old State Capitol welcomes service dogs that are individually trained to perform a task or work for a person with a disability. All service dogs must be housebroken and on a leash. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the American with Disabilities Act and therefore are not allowed in the museum. Please leave pets at home.

Photos are allowed inside the museum and on the grounds during regular business hours Tuesday through Friday. We do not allow photo sessions after hours or on the weekends. Sessions must be scheduled in advance and must be completed during a two-hour appointment. Payment arrangements for the $200 session fee must be made in advance.

There is no charge for quick photos such as engagement, birthday, prom or senior photos, but props, lighting equipment, tripods, etc., are not allowed. These photos must be taken during the museum's regular business hours Tuesday through Friday. Photographers and their clients will be required to work around visitors, exhibit items and items set-up for events.

Weekend photos are allowed on the grounds only.

To schedule a pre-bridal or professional photo session, please call the museum at 225-342-0500.

View Directions, Routes and Parking information here.


How much does it cost to enter the museum?

We are a FREE museum. The “Ghost of the Castle” film is optional, and the admission charge is $2.

Is there parking?

A limited number of handicap spaces are available in the lot behind our building. There is metered street parking as well as parking garages at the River Center and the corner of Convention and Third streets. Vist our Getting Here page for more information.

How can I support the Museum?

There are various ways you can support the museum!

I have items I’m interested in donating, how can I do that?

We are also interested in continuing to build our collection. If you have items you are interested in donating please contact our curator, Lauren Davis (225-342-0500).

Are there places to eat around the Old State Capitol?

Absolutely. Visit the Downtown Development District for a list of restaurants within walking distance.

Can we bring our stroller in?

Yes! You can access the building with your stroller by following the sidewalk to the rear of the building. A security guard will let you in and you can take the elevator to the 1st floor where you may leave your stroller.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are located on the 1st floor of the building. Changing tables are available in the restrooms on the ground floor, please ask a staff member for assistance.

Are we allowed to eat in the building?

No food or drinks are allowed in the building, however our front lawn makes for a great picnic spot!

Are we allowed to take pictures?

Pictures are allowed inside and outside the building, but please no flash photography inside. Professional photos may be taken inside the building provided it does not interfere with tours. We ask that you please call and schedule an appointment for professional photos.

Do you have a gift shop?

Yes! Our gift shop is open during normal business hours.

How can I volunteer?

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! Please visit the Volunteer page for more information.