My Baton Rouge press trip officially concludes at the end of this week. If you have been following along you know that Baton Rouge has so much to offer families as a vacation destination. For me, it is important to include fun and education in any trip. I want my children to grow with each experience and I truly believe that Baton Rouge has so much to offer travelers. Living outside the New Orleans area culture is readily available. But our diversity is in the soil of Louisiana and why I love Baton Rouge & New Orleans so much.
The LSU Museum of Art showcases the diverse beauty of art in Louisiana. Art is in canvas, sculpture and so much more at this gallery. The exquisite gowns is a prime example of the diverse art offered at LSU Museum of Art. My pictures of the gowns by Suzanne Perron were remarkable. The pictures I am posting do not do the detailing justice. Imagine walking into a gallery of an art museum and seeing these gowns. Needless to say, my daughter & I were in heaven!!
From beautiful art to antique furniture the LSU Museum of Art did not disappoint. It was family friendly too!! There was a section in the museum that was geared just for children. They were able to have hands of experiences and create their own artwork.
I am a huge antique furniture snob! There was a rosewood & rosewood veneer music cabinet that I just adored. The piece was circa 1850 and is in prestine condition. The ornate style was common in plantation homesand was made in NYC for a southern wealthy family. I can’t imagine having a piece of furniture imported from NYC today more less more than 160 years ago, but Southern wealthy families loved to showcase their money and what better way to do it than with their furniture.
LSU Museum of Art represents one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South. Originally located at LSU, the museum moved to a new location at the Shaw Centre in the art district of Baton Rouge. It shares the facility with the 325-seat Manship Theatre, the Museum Store, two workshop studios, classrooms, a sculpture garden, and the LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery. When I spoke to an employee of the at gallery as she was leaving work, she mentioned the number of wedding that occur at the sculpture garden. I wish I had a chance to visit the sculpture gallery as well but time was an issue for us that day.
My favorite piece is of course the Blue Dog Canvas by George Rodrigue. The Blue Dog series of paintings features a blue-hued dog. The blue-hued, ghostly spaniel/terrier is often featured with a white nose and yellow eyes. When I look at any blue dog piece of artwork I instinctively seen New Orleans or Louisiana. The artist is a cajun born artist & is noticeable in his artwork. This particular painting is huge! I had my daughter who is almost 5′ 4″ stand in front of it to give you an idea of its sheer size.
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays; Easter Sunday; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Day; and all major holidays
Museum Members FREE
$5 Adults and Youths 13+
FREE University Students with ID
FREE Children 12 and under