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Louisiana Art and Science Museum

Subject: Art, Science/Nature

100 S. River Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(225) 344-9478 | General Information
(225) 344-5272 ext. 142 | Reservations
(225) 344-9477 | Fax

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Additional Email Addresses:
  • Louisiana Art and Science Museum LASM@lasm.org
  • Challenger Learning Center CLC@lasm.org
  • Educational Programs and Classes jbanks@lasm.org


General Public Hours and Admission Rates:

Irene W. Pennington Planetarium is open:

Tues-Fri 10 AM-3PM
Sat 10 AM-8 PM
Sun 1 PM-4PM
Mon Closed

Museum Galleries:

Adults $7
Children (2-12) & Seniors (65+) $6
Groups (15+)* $5
Member Adults Free
Member Children & Seniors Free

Museum Galleries + Planetarium Show:

Adults $9
Children (2-12) & Seniors (65+) $8
Groups (15+)* $7
Member Adults Free $5
Member Children & Seniors $4
School Tour Hours and Admission Rates: Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm;
$5.00 students participating in classes or planetarium shows. Call for other program pricing.


  • Student to Chaperone Ratio Requested: 10:1
  • Advance Time Needed to Make Reservations: Minimum of two weeks but advanced reservations are recommended.
  • Advance deposit for planetarium shows $50.00 per scheduled museum class
  • Number of Students per visit for classes: up to 30; for planetarium shows: up to 120
  • Suggested Length of Time for Visits: Two hours
  • Handicapped Accessible: Yes
  • Grade Level Appropriate: K – 12th
  • Lunch Facilities: Picnic space and fast food are in the area. There is no lunch facility in the museum.
  • Gift Shop: Yes
  • Bus parking is not available, although a drop-off area is designated in front of the museum.

Tell Us About It!

The Louisiana Art and Science Museum (LASM) features changing fine art exhibitions, an Egyptian tomb exhibit, a creative playroom, an interactive science gallery, the Challenger Learning Center (CLC), and a planetarium with a large-format film theater. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium and the ExxonMobil Space Theater feature a 60-foot dome theater for presenting planetarium programs, large-format films, and high resolution projections with 5,000-square feet of space science exhibits. The Bert S. Turner Family Atrium and Ivan Meštrović Gallery displays the museum’s collection of work by internationally recognized sculptor, Ivan Meštrović. The Egyptian Gallery contains mummies, funerary objects, and ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian artifacts. LASM’s interactive exhibits offer hands-on learning. In Discovery Depot, young visitors can create art projects and play with educational toys. The interactive exhibits in Science Station offer visitors a fun way to explore science concepts. In the Challenger Learning Center (CLC), students use math, science and technology skills to conduct a simulated space mission. CLC programs require advance planning and reservations.

What Can We See and Do There?

LASM offers guided tours of changing art exhibitions featuring national and international artists. Tours and student programs are also offered in the Ancient Egypt Gallery, which features two authentic human mummies set in a recreated Ptolemaic-era tomb, circa 300 B.C. Adjacent are exhibits of ancient Greek and Roman artifacts. Students enjoy viewing the all-sky projection of images from the Hubble Space telescope in the Universe Gallery and thrill at the larger-than-life films of space travel and ocean exploration. Visiting groups can attend classes in art, science, ancient history classes. Check out the museum’s web site for a complete listing of classes for field trip visitors. Seven age-appropriate studio art classes cover topics such as patterns, balance, and perspective. In the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) teachers can choose from three student simulation programs: Rendezvous with Comet Halley, grades 5 – 8; Return to the Moon grades 7 – 9; and Encounter Earth grades 8 – 12. For more information about CLC programs call (225) 344-5272 ext.4.

How Do We Get There?

From I-10 to I-110, exit at Convention St. and travel to River Road. The main entrance to LASM is on River Road. From I-10 east to I-110, exit at Government St., turn left onto Government St. and continue to River Road.

Bad Weather! Now What Do We Do?

This site provides an indoor, climate controlled field trip experience.

Louisiana State Educational Benchmarks and Standards
  • K-4th grades: PS-E-A1, 3; PS-E-B1-2; PS-E-C7; ESS-E-B1-3, 5-6; H-1A-E1-2; H-1B-E1-2; H-1D-E2
  • 5th-8th grades: PS-M-B2; PS-M-C1, 3; ESS-M-A1; ESS-M-C1-5, 8; H-1A-M1-3, 5; H-1C-M3-5
  • 9th-12th grades: PS-H-E1; ESS-H-A1; ESS-H-C1; ESS-H-D2-4, 6-7; H-1A-H1-2, 6
What Can We Do In Class Before and After Our Field Trip?

Pre- and post-visit materials are available online. LASM educators suggest checking out the LASM web site. Teachers and students enrolled in a CLC program will receive pre-visit materials by mail. Teachers participate in an in-service training program. CLC programs also include post-visit materials. Teachers are welcome to use the Educators Resource center at the museum.


Art history, art criticism, art production, aesthetic perception, scientific inquiry, life science, physical science, space science, earth science



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