Louisiana Art & Science Museum near New Orleans, LA
Located at 100 River Road South in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum opened in 1925. It’s closed on Mondays, regular days of operations include Tuesday-Friday (10 AM 3 PM), Saturday (10 AM 5 PM) and Sunday (1 PM 4 PM). The building is actually separated into two parts, with the art gallery on one side and a planetarium on the other.
The Art Gallery features showcased photographers and artists exhibitions and selected art remains a part of their permanent collection. The Museum is divided into sections, with an Ancient Egyptian gallery and the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium. The complex combines scientific discovery and interactive activities for families and children. And on select nights, after hours stargazing is offered in the Planetarium.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about the building itself is that it was previously a celebrated railroad station. With its Classical Revival architecture, the style remains true to the time period, which lasted from 1885 to the middle 19th century. There’s a two-story main building and off to the side, two wings, both are one story.
Baton Rouge is a city of diverse cultural interests, with the Art & Science Museum providing innovative activities and creative projects for members. Non-members can attend any scheduled activity, but a fee is required.
There are days to attend special events that include Miss Trudy’s Trunk Show, Astronomy Days and Studio Saturdays. And one of the most anticipated nights is Art After Hours, with biologist and artist, Brandon Ballengée. It’s free to members of the museum and non-members pay $10, hors d'oeuvres and wine are served.
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