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Louisiana's Old and New State Capitols

Louisiana Old State Capitol. High on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River stands the Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure designed and built by James Harrison Dakin in 1850. Climb the cast iron staircase and view a stained-glass cathedral dome in this unique blend of Gothic and Victorian architecture. Louisiana 's majestic castle-on-the-river is the recipient of distinguished awards in architecture and exhibit design, including the AASLH Award for the Louisiana Purchase Exhibit, National Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and The American Institute of Architects Honor Award For Excellence in Architectural Design.

Louisiana Old State Capitol - Exhibits & Events. Discover an exciting panorama of political history through dynamic multimedia presentations. Investigate the mystery surrounding Huey Long's assassination and participate in "We the People," an interactive exhibit emphasizing the importance and privilege of democracy. Don't miss Huey Long Live! The Kingfish Speaks, a unique animatronics exhibit. Marvel at the speeches of Long and others in the Multimedia Research Center , the repository for archival film and video of Louisiana 's colorful politics and history. Ask about their ghost, Pierre, and visit the unique museum store specializing in political memorabilia, reproductions, maps, artifacts, Louisiana books and gifts, and LSU Academy of Politics taped lectures from famous political leaders.

The magnificent Rotunda and Senate Chamber are available for rentals, receptions and special events. Elegant conference and meeting rooms may be used for small public gatherings during the day, as well as for conferences and lectures. The beautiful five-acre grounds are ideal for outdoor functions, concerts and picnics.

Louisiana Old State Capitol - Hours and Admission

  • Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday - special tours only.
  • Adult admission is $4; Seniors and veterans $3; Students $2; Children under 6 are admitted free. Adult groups of 20 or more are $2 each; Scheduled student groups are admitted free.
  • For more information, call 225-342-0500 or visit

Louisiana New State Capitol. The dream of Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long is a symbol of pride, history and the spirit of Louisiana 's people. The new Capitol building, completed in 1932, stands on a 27-acre tract. The tallest capitol in the US , the building is 450 feet high with 34 floors offering spectacular views of the pleasant gardens below. There is tremendous symbolism throughout the interior and exterior design of the building, including the Hall and the Senate and House Chambers.

A National Historic Landmark , the Capitol is designed in art deco style with magnificent marble and bronze detailing inside. The Observation Deck on the 27th floor overlooks the city of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River at a height of 350 feet. Broad steps of Minnesota granite commemorating the 50 states and the date they were admitted to the union lead to its entrance. In 1935, the building that Long built was also the site of his assassination. Senator Long is buried on the grounds and his statue faces the Capitol. The Pentagon Barracks (c.1819) and the Old Arsenal Powder Museum (c.1835) are also part of the complex.

The New Louisiana State Capitol is open free of charge from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., daily. For tour information, call 225-342-7317.

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