As a VENUE: Host an event…

All our locations offer so much more than just another space. Our venues are like your most entertaining guest, offering historic collections and interesting exhibits to enhance your event experience. So, think outside the ballroom!  We’re here to help you realize your vision. Each of our nine locations has its own undeniable sense of history, charm, and character, and five of these landmarks, the Cabildo, the Presbytère, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Capitol Park Museum, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum—are available to host your special event. * Weddings * parties, and * galas call for dramatic locations and incomparable atmosphere, and our locations offer that and so much more. Seven distinctive spaces are available: * The Cabildo in New Orleans, LA, * E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux, LA  * The Presbytère in New Orleans, LA * Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson, LA * Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge, LA * The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint * Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches, LA

Support the Louisiana State Museums… by simply booking your next special occasion here:

As a SHOP: Discover unique gifts…

The Shops at the Lower Pontalba: Gifts – Food – Culture

Over two million people from around the globe visit one of America’s most famous two-acre spaces every year. If you come to Louisiana your trip must begin or end in the iconic Jackson Square.

Its stately symmetry with perfectly groomed grounds is home to only seventy lucky residents, and it is always teeming with wide-eyed visitors who treasure the time they spend there.

The Shops at the Lower Pontalba offer thirteen premium spaces to select commercial interests on the desirable St. Ann Street. Because St. Ann is the main intersecting entrance to Café du Monde, businesses here benefit from the most foot traffic in Jackson Square.

1850 House Museum Store:

* Jewelry * Accessories/Apparel * Home & Gifts * New Orleans Architecture * Spratling Jewelry

The Friends of the Cabildo operates the 1850 House Museum Store, the official gift shop for the Louisiana State Museum properties in New Orleans.

The 1850 House Museum Store is located at 523 St. Ann Street on beautiful Jackson Square in the historic Lower Pontalba Building. In addition to membership and fundraising endeavors, the Friends of the Cabildo is able to provide financial support to the Louisiana State Museum through the sales of our daily French Quarter Walking Tours and merchandise at the 1850 House Museum Store. At our store you can find handmade * Art * Jewelry * Pottery, and * Crafts by local artists * Books on everything from history to food to voodoo * Exhibit-related merchandise from our museum properties, and * much more!

Support the… Louisiana State Museums by simply purchasing your speciality merchandise here:

Be a DONOR: Show that you care…

Membership & Donations:

Since the Louisiana State Museum is based on a public-private partnership, we need the financial support of members. State funds make our platform solid, but private funds support the programming that populate the galleries, fill the seats, nourish the minds and create unique museum moments of learning and wonder. If our museums have inspired you to give, please visit the site of your choice and become a part of the LSM family through one of our support organizations. Your support helps us keep our history alive! We want to ensure that generations of visitors can experience our museums when they are looking for an afternoon out, an escape, a fun family excursion or just looking to learn more about Louisiana’s remarkable past.

Volunteer: You can also explore our volunteer opportunities if you’re interested in giving your time to Louisiana State Museum and helping enrich our visitors’ experiences. The volunteers who work with the Louisiana State Museum help provide visitors with an inspiring, engaging and unforgettable experience.

We offer opportunities to help with one-time projects or shifts per week. Whether helping with Visitor Services, Guiding Tours, Collections Management, Event Promotion, and Organization, your contribution is greatly appreciated. We invite you to look into the many volunteer opportunities available within our organization if you’re interested in bringing your passion and curiosity to the Louisiana State Museum team. Contact our individual museums for more information to find the right volunteer program for you: The Cabildo * The Presbytère * 1850 House * New Orleans Jazz Museum * Madame John’s Legacy * Capitol Park Museum  * E.D. White Historic Site * Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum, and * Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and * Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

Partnerships: Community Partnerships are vital to the museum’s exhibitions and programs. By connecting with many diverse and vibrant cultural and arts organizations in our city, our programming aims to be more welcoming, inclusive and representative of the Baton Rouge community. Community Partnerships begin with collaboration and discussion with partners (organizations, groups, and artists) to evaluate and align missions, shared goals, audience needs, and activities.  We seek to consider how we can maintain partnerships with an organization for lasting change.

Partnership opportunities are developed in a variety of ways:

  • Supplying museum resources: Friends of the Capitol Park Museum can offer resources for your team or organization, such as museum experts to facilitate an activity, venue space, talent with visiting artists, collaboration with exhibitions and programming, and event partnership.
  • Consulting and collaboration opportunities: We seek reciprocal relationships when working with partners to consult or collaborate on partner-led projects and museum projects.
  • Connecting: Friends of the Capitol Park Museum serves as a connector between partners and other people/artists/organizations in the region.

Leasing at the Lower Pontalba Building: Please consider renting the * Pontalba Apartments ( offering seventy-one of them positioned on one of the most iconic and inspirational pieces of real estate in America—Jackson Square). * The Shops at the Lower Pontalba (offering thirteen commercial premium spaces to select commercial interests on the desirable St. Ann Street).

Support Louisiana State Museum … by simply joining, donating, and volunteering here:

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