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West Baton Rouge Museum houses a chronological arsenal of artifacts and exhibits that represent Louisiana's rich history. In the Interest of Our Parish: Three Hundred Years of History in West Baton Rouge visually outlines the city's beginnings, from the building of river levees to a discussion of how the crawfish came to be the state bird. An outdoor neighborhood of six antique structures showcases historically decorated slave cabins plucked from the 19th-century Allendale Plantation, and the Reed Shotgun House opens its doors to provide patrons a peek at life as a 1938 migrant worker. The remainder of the museum's cache includes a model of a 1904 sugar mill and regular rotating exhibits, as well as a cash-crop garden and photogenic courtyard. Visiting families can opt to shuttle through the grounds with the informative lead of a museum tour guide or by following a careful trail of beignets from sight to sight.
845 N Jefferson Ave
Port Allen,
LA
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Having given residential refuge to nine governors and their families, the Old Governor’s Mansion stands as one of the state’s foremost historical structures. Amble across floors once trampled by the feet of such men as governor and country-music legend Jimmie Davis, Governor O.K. Allen, and Governor Huey P. Long, the “Kingfish,” feared for his shrewd political skills and mighty mackerel militia. Some of the mansion’s most majestic spaces include the terrazzo-floored and crystal-chandeliered East Ballroom, once used to host visiting VIPs, and an opulent marble staircase, the site of marathon slinky races used to set tax policy. The library, completely coated in dark-wood paneling and a hard candy shell, features an enormous fireplace, as well as secret doors that lead to North Dakota.
502 North Blvd
Baton Rouge,
LA
US
The Enchanted Mansion whisks guests away to a storybook land of diminutive proportions, where fairies and first ladies alike commingle in a series of themed display rooms. Tucked into a picturesque Southern setting, the quaint mansion houses a diverse collection of hundreds of dolls dating back to the pre-Revolutionary era. The building’s deceptive three-story façade gives way to a single floor filled with oversized furnishings to promote tolerance for persecuted porcelain by making guests feel doll-sized themselves. Presidential dolls hold forth on foreign policy and puppet regimes in the White House room, and childlike figurines develop literacy in the storybook room as an antique collection watches proudly nearby.
190 Lee Dr
Baton Rouge,
LA
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One of the nation's longest-standing professional artist cooperative galleries, Baton Rouge Gallery houses contemporary works from professional visual artists and promotes education through exhibits, programs, and events. Monthly exhibitions, which change out the first Wednesday of each month, allow visitors to gawk at the aesthetic talents of the gallery's artist members, including photographers, painters, and stained-glass and multimedia artists. Although everyday admission is free, as part of the gallery's elite support squad members receive free or discounted special-event admission—and in the case of patron membership, free or discounted admission for up to four guests, making it easy to mend fences after a splash fight with a gang of rival watercolorists.
1442 City Park Avenue
Baton Rouge,
LA
US
Grab a seat and dig in! Beauregard Gallery and Bistro in Baton Rouge offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy. Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Beauregard Gallery and Bistro. Gather the whole family for a trip to Beauregard Gallery and Bistro — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. Warm weather brings out Beauregard Gallery and Bistro's highly coveted patio seating. Delivery and carry out are easy options for those interested in staying home. null The average check at Beauregard Gallery and Bistro will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
715 Europe St
Baton Rouge,
LA
US
The LSU Museum of Art is more than a testament to visual art. It's also a testament to the beauty of its hometown, Baton Rouge, with huge windows offering panoramic views of the Mississippi River. Its galleries host a similarly impressive permanent collection, whose displays run the gamut from Chinese jade to treasures from the early days of the American arts and crafts movement. Rotating exhibits complement those mainstays. Going on now, The Visual Blues explores how blues and jazz music, dance, and social clubs inspired Harlem Renaissance artists.
100 Lafayette St
Baton Rouge,
LA
US
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