Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum has been an anchoring cultural institution in downtown Baton Rouge for nearly 60 years, providing education art and science exhibitions, fulldome Irene W. Pennington Planetarium experiences, and hands-on programming to 175,000 annual visitors, including 105,000 school program participants. Thirty-five years in the making, our Annual Gala is one of the longest running social events in Baton Rouge. It is our largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds of this event support educational programming at LASM.
The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The art galleries showcase changing fine art exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. In the interactive art and science galleries designed just for children, creative and enlightening fun comes in many forms. The Ancient Egypt Gallery houses ancient artifacts and a Ptolemaic-era mummy that rests in a re-created rock-cut tomb. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium features sky shows, large-format visual films, visual music shows, and galleries devoted to space science.