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Louisiana Arts & Science Museum and Irene W. Pennington Planetarium

Louisiana Arts & Science Museum and Irene W. Pennington Planetarium Review

Housed in a 1925 Illinois Central railroad station near the Old State Capitol, this idiosyncratic but high-quality museum brings together a contemporary-art gallery and an Egyptian tomb exhibit featuring a mummy from 300 BC. Also here are a children's museum and a kid-friendly planetarium. The planetarium presents regular shows, as does the ExxonMobil Space Theater. The museum hosts traveling exhibits, and houses the nation's second-largest collection of sculptures by 20th-century Croatian artist Ivan Mestrovic, many of which adorn the entrance hall.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 100 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | Map It
  • Phone: 225/344–5272
  • Cost: $7.25, $9 with planetarium show
  • Hours: Tues.–Fri. 10–3, Sat. 10–5 (planetarium 10–8), Sun. 1–4
  • Website:
  • Location: Baton Rouge
Updated: 05-07-2013

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