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Five Free Baton Rouge Museums to Explore During Museum Month

August 1 2018 | News

We have a theory on why they made August Museum Month: It has something to do with air conditioning. In other words, it’s a great time of year to stay inside! Here are five cool museums in Baton Rouge you can see for free on certain days this month and all year long. The best part is all of these treasures are located around five miles from Richmond Inn & Suites. Book your stay now and start exploring.

Discover the LSU Museum of Art

This awesome modern museum showcases more than 6,500 pieces of art from all around the world, one of the largest collections of art in the South. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. Children 12 years old or younger, university students with an ID, and members receive free admission all year long. 4.8 miles from Richmond Inn and Suites. Learn more.

Tour Louisiana’s Old State Capitol

This Gothic-style building with lovely glass-stained windows housed the Louisiana Legislature until the 1930s when Huey K. Long had the current Capitol built. The current exhibits around Louisiana history are engaging and interactive. Don’t miss the award-winning Ghost of the Castle Show, which explores the haunted history of the building. Admission is free. 5 miles from Richmond Inn and Suites. Learn more.

Explore the Louisiana Art and Science Museum

The Louisiana Art and Science Museum consists of art galleries, science galleries, and a planetarium. This destination is great for families and visitors of all ages. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month, with a small (less than $10) admission fee during the rest of the month. They keep up a full events calendar with activities such as stargazing and an annual gala. 5 miles from Richmond Inn and Suites.  Learn more.

Board the USS Kidd

The USS Kidd, a Fletcher-class destroyer launched in 1943, is just one feature of the memorial at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum. Come view aircraft and the names of fallen Americans on the black granite walls of the Louisiana Memorial Plaza. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. 4.7 miles from Richmond Inn and Suites. Learn more.

Go Back in Time at the Old Arsenal Museum

This museum on the grounds of the Capitol features fascinating exhibits on military history, the history of the Capitol grounds, and the Battle of Baton Rouge. The Old Arsenal was built in 1838 when it was a federal military post. At the beginning of the Civil War, it was occupied by the Louisiana militia. Later, it was used by occupying federal troops during the Battle of Baton Rouge (you can still view some of their graffiti on the building's walls). 5.8 miles from Richmond Inn and Suites. Admission is free.

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