Facebook Icon InstaGram Icon Twitter Icon

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

Subject: Art

710 East Saint Mary Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70503

(337) 482-2278 | General Information
(337) 482-1369 | Reservations
(337) 262-1268 | Fax

Visit Website   Send Email

Located at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

General Public Hours and Admission Rates: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm; $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors, $3.00 Students 5 – 17 years old

School Tour Hours and Admission Rates: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm; $4.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors, $2.00 Students 6 – 18 years old

  • Student to Chaperone Ratio Requested: 10:1
  • Advance Time Needed to Make Reservations: Three weeks
  • Advance deposit requested two weeks prior to visit
  • Number of Students per Visit: Up to 90
  • Suggested Length of Time for Visit: 90 minutes
  • Handicapped Accessible: Yes
  • Grade Level Appropriate: 4th – 12th
  • Lunch Facilities: A public park is adjacent to the museum for out-door picnics and fast food and restaurants are within short driving distance.
  • Gift Shop: Yes
  • Bus parking available


Tell Us About It!

Rising steel, glass, and stone walls and a showering waterfall sculpture first greet visitors to the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The contemporary building sits on an expansive green behind the A. Hays Town building, a 1967 replica of the Hermitage, which is fully reflected in the University Art Museum’s exterior glass wall. The museum entrance is lined with a 7,000 square foot plaza paved with limestone. Nestled within the more traditional university campus buildings the Hilliard University Museum of Art is a fresh and inviting museum filled with changing art exhibitions. The museum is committed to fostering art appreciation and representing cultures from around the world and through the ages. The two first-floor galleries feature large changing exhibits with works by leading artists and schools including Picasso, Rauschenberg, Newcomb potters, Art Nouveau silversmiths, and national and regional artists. The first floor also has a smaller gallery for group presentations and discussions. The second story holds a bookstore, exhibit space, and gathering areas for conversations and reflection.

What Can We See and Do There?

When students enter the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette they enter into a state-of-the-art museum, a place for learning and a respite from the clutter of our everyday world. The museum hosts major national and international art exhibits. Teachers can opt to self guide their classes or teachers may choose guided tours for their class visit. School groups are welcomed into the expansive museum foyer by a museum greeter who describes the museum building and the current exhibits to the group. Trained docents take students through the pre-selected art exhibitions explaining the history of the artists and the significance of the works on display. The museum uses all 11,000 square feet of gallery space and most of the space is filled with art that will be on view for three to six months. The museum holds a vast permanent collection that includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. The collection represents work from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries from Louisiana, the United States, Europe and Japan. On permanent display is a collection of chairs by distinguished international designers including Mies Van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Isamu Noguchi and Frank Gehry.

How Do We Get There?

On Interstate 10, take exit 101 (University of Louisiana at Lafayette exit). Turn south onto University Avenue and continue for approximately 3.5 miles, then turn right on Taft. Continue to intersection with East St. Mary Blvd. Drive straight through intersection and take first left into the museum’s parking lot.

Bad Weather! Now What Do We Do?

This field trip is indoors.

What Can We Visit Nearby?

Acadiana Center for the Arts (337) 233-7060

Louisiana State Educational Benchmarks and Standards
  • K-4th grades: VA-AP-E1-6; VA-HP-E1,3,5: VA-CA-E1-5
  • 5th-8th grades: VA-AP-M1-6; VA-HP-M1,2,3,5,6; VA-CA-M1-5
  • 9th-12th grades: VA-AP-H1-6; VA-HP-H1-6; VA-CA-H1-5
What Can We Do In Class Before Our Field Trip?

Visit the art museum’s website for background information. A schedule of current and upcoming exhibits can be found on the website (www.louisiana.edu/uam).

S-T-R-E-T-C-H Out Your Field Trip Benefits

Teachers may ask museum staff to pull together post-visit materials to take back to the classroom.


Fine art, visual arts, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, mixed media; local, regional, national, and international art



Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

• National Park Service affiliate
• "Passport to Your National Parks" Program
• Member of Alliance of National Heritage Areas
National Park Service Affiliate Louisiana Travel - Pick Your Passion Alliance of National Heritage Areas