Our Story

The Battle of New Orleans, Civil War sieges, violent conflagrations, sprawling floods, famous riverboat races, the reign of the Kingfish and most recently the twin terrors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana’s history reads like a thrilling work of fiction. It is our responsibility—and our great pleasure—to share this remarkable story with the world.

The Louisiana State Museum is a statewide network of National Historic Landmarks and architecturally significant structures that house half a million artifacts that showcase Louisiana’s history and culture.

Our nine locations delve into seven collection divisions—Music and Jazz, Science and Technology, Visual Arts, Decorative Arts, Carnival, Costumes and Textiles—and the Louisiana Historical Center.

Not only are our locations incredible places to visit, but taken together they are one of the largest protectors of historically significant properties and collections in the nation. View LSM's Five Year Plan here. The Louisiana State Museum operates under the direction of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. For more information, visit crt.state.la.us.

Our Museum Locations

Our nine locations allow you to explore different aspects of Louisiana’s history in distinct regions of our state.

Five of LSM’s museums call New Orleans’ historic French Quarter home. They include The Cabildo (1799) and The Presbytère (1813), which both flank the St. Louis Cathedral: the 1850 House located in the Lower Pontalba building; Madame John’s Legacy (1788) one of the oldest examples of French Creole architecture in the French Quarter; and the Old U.S. Mint (1838) which holds the distinction of being the only Mint to produce coinage for two separate nations.

The Capitol Park Museum graces the mall of Louisiana’s State Capitol in Baton Rouge and features thematic exhibits on diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry and culture. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest History Museum is a beautiful architectural masterpiece located on the banks of north Louisiana’s Cane River. The Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill LMuseum and E.D. White Historic Site draw you into the beautiful environs of rural south Louisiana. All LSM museums are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums with the exception of the just-completed Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest History Museum.

Our Collection

Within these landmark buildings, LSM preserves, researches and exhibits artifacts from a permanent collection of nearly 500,000 objects. Highlights include major collections of Louisiana paintings and decorative arts from colonial times to the present; costumes and ephemera illustrating the history of Carnival in Louisiana; a globally recognized collection of musical instruments, recordings, sheet music and photographs illustrating the history of New Orleans jazz and Louisiana music; and an extensive document archive housed at the Louisiana Historical Center, which includes comprehensive judicial and civil records of French and Spanish colonial rule from 1718 to 1803.

Louisiana State Museum Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Dr. Lawrence Powell, Chairman

Dr. Janet Haedicke, Vice Chairman

Julie Breitmeyer, Treasurer

Anne Redd, Secretary

Madlyn Bagneris

Fairleigh Cook Jackson

Carolyn Morris

Ex Officio

Steven V. Maklansky, Interim Director

Board Members

Madlyn B. Bagneris

Julie F. Breitmeyer

Rennie S. Buras II

Tamra Carboni

Mary C. Coulon

Rosemary Upshaw Ewing

D. Lee Felterman

Sharon Turcan Gahagan

Janet V. Haedicke

Harry S. Hardin III

George A. Hero III

Fairleigh Cook Jackson

Kevin Kelly

Aleta Leckelt

Carolyn K. Morris

Lawrence N. Powell, Ph.D.

Anne F. Redd

Melissa Douglass Steiner

Lana Sonnier Venable

Gary N. Wheat

William Wilton

Click here to see the LSM Board Minutes.