Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Baton Rouge.

LSU Museum of Art

British and American art comprise the bulk of this impressive museum's collections, and most items date from the 17th century forward. Among the permanent holdings are silver, glassware, furniture, ceramics, and lighting, accompanied by a good...  Read More

Doll collectors and young girls will be delighted by this establishment, whose stately, colonnaded building offers a variety of beautifully crafted dolls in both created environments and display cases. Victorian examples, contemporary creations,...  Read More

West Baton Rouge Museum

Just a few minutes from Baton Rouge proper, this educational museum offers a glimpse of life on a 19th-century sugar plantation. Visitors can browse a French-Creole home, the cabin of plantation slaves, and view a model of a sugar mill, which...  Read More

LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens

Illustrating Louisiana's pioneering and agricultural past, this informative museum showcases architecture, implements, and cultural practices of recent centuries. The Folk Architecture arena features simple, traditional structures built...  Read More

Louisiana State Museum

Located on the corner of North 4th and Spanish Town Road and across from the Capitol Gardens, this museum's permanent exhibits emphasize the facets of Louisiana's history that are significant on a national level, as well as those aspects of the...  Read More

USS Kidd and Nautical Center

Paying tribute to Louisiana natives who have fallen in battle, this ship and nautical complex offer a variety of wartime artifacts and mementoes. The USS Kidd, known as the "Pirate of the Pacific," has been restored to WWII-era condition and...  Read More

Old Arsenal Museum

Constructed in 1838, this museum was originally a powder magazine, used to store ammunition in Louisiana's early days. Set along the Mississippi, it was an important structure for the protection of the early settlement. It was even captured by...  Read More

An abundance of culture lies ready for exploration at this terrific museum, which couples art and science in an impressive, historic depot set along the Mississippi. Permanent and temporary art collections go hand-in-hand with interactive...  Read More

LSU Museum of Natural Science

Intended to collect and document specimens from the natural world, this museum and research facility offers a wealth of information on Louisiana's native wildlife. Many of the holdings are displayed in naturalistic cases for visitors to peruse....  Read More