Baton Rouge Local Landmarks, Historic Buildings, Museums & More

Baton Rouge Local Landmarks, Historic Buildings, Museums & More

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The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is home to great museums, unique attractions and outstanding sights to see.

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    The LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, comprises 13,000 square feet, distributed among fourteen galleries. The contemporary space with ceilings over fifteen feet tall can comfortably accommodate works of art in a wide range of media.
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    USS KIDD is moored in the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the centerpiece of the Louisiana Naval War Memorial. She rests in a unique docking system designed for the near forty foot rise and fall of the river each season. Half of the year, she rides the currents of the Mississippi; the other half, she sits dry-docked in a cradle where visitors can see her full dimensions. 
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    Located in the Galvez Parking Garage, the Main Street Market has transformed a sleepy downtown corner into a thriving community gathering spot. An art gallery highlighting local artists, a women's boutique and a cornucopia of gourmet shops are open here six days a week. Each Saturday, the popular Red Stick Farmer's Market sets up outdoors from 8am to noon. 
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    Shaw Center for the Arts soars above the historic Auto Hotel, now part of LSU's studio arts program, with an impressive mix of glass and aluminum. Guests love the dynamic and engaging galleries with rotating exhibits from the permanent collection as well as cutting-edge artists and works by students in the Glassell Gallery. The fifth floor offers magnificent views of the Mississippi from two paved terraces. At night, you'll see why this landmark is called the lantern on the levee.
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    In Louisiana, politics is a full-contact sport played out on a grand stage. One of the grandest is a Gothic-inspired castle known as the Old State Capital. Today, this fortress-like structure, with twin crenellated towers, a cast-iron spiral staircase and a breathtaking stained-glass dome completed in 1852, houses a museum with multimedia exhibits about Louisiana political history.  Don't miss the exhibit detailing the career of legendary Louisiana governor Huey Long (1893-1935).
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