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LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge

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The LSU Museum of Art is a dynamic venue located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. The LSU Museum of Art seeks to enrich and inspire through collections, exhibitions, conservation and education, serving as a cultural and intellectual resource for the University, Baton Rouge, and beyond. Founded in 1958, the LSU Museum of Art is the only dedicated art museum in the City of Baton Rouge, and houses one of the largest university art collections in the American South. The collection consists of more than 6,500 objects, ranging from a world-class collection of Chinese jade to one of the most comprehensive public collections of Louisiana art. The museum serves as a vital cultural and educational resource for the greater Baton Rouge community.


The LSU Museum of Art Museum Store sells an array of boutique gifts for all family members, including exclusive jewelry, glass, ceramics, sculpture, and furniture by regional artisans.


The Shaw Center for the Arts offers three dining destinations.

Tsunami on the Irene W. Pennington Rooftop Terrace blends unique cocktails and an Asian-fusion food experience with spectacular interior and outdoor views of the Mississippi River. Capital City Grill on beautiful Lafayette Park is a classic American eatery. PJ's Coffee House on Lafayette and Convention Streets is a relaxing place for light dining.

Programs and Tours

LSU Museum of Art presents a range of adult and family programs and special weekend workshops for children. Groups are welcome by appointment. Call the Coordinator of School and Community Programs at (225) 389-7207 or visit the museum website for more information.

LSU Museum of Art also offers free admission on the first Sunday and second Saturday of every month.


Annual membership to the LSU Museum of Art provides vital support for museum exhibitions, education programs and the permanent collection. The Museum offers different levels of membership with benefits including free admission to the Museum, exhibition previews and discounts in the Museum store and to local businesses. For more information, call the membership coordinator at (225) 389-7211.

Museum and Store Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Admission Adults and Youths 13+ $5

FREE Museum Members | University Students with ID | Children 12 and under
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  • There was quite a variety of art found at the museum. It had the local flavor we had hoped to see. There were a lot of stories to be told around the works that they had in place. If you watch, you....  more »
  • As the only dedicated art museum in the city of Baton Rouge, the LSU Museum of Art, holds one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South and also presents marvelous touring...  more »
  • The LSU Museum of Art is very nice. On this first Sunday, there was a live violinist whose sounds were heard throughout the museum during our visit. I would've liked to be cautioned about the exhibit showing sexual material as I chauffeured 5 children along with me during this visit.
  • Spent a couple of hours here yesterday. Nice mixture of old and new. Impressive collections on loan. If you like silver, huge exhibit. I enjoyed the artist whose photography is featured. Huge collection. Staff is friendly. We went on a Friday afternoon so it was quiet. There is a cool sushi bar on the top floor and a beautiful patio outside for drinks and conversation. Would be too hot until late evening right now. I love art museums, and I enjoyed this on

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