Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. LASM features exhibitions of internationally renowned artists, innovative programming in the state-of-the-art Pennington Planetarium, interactive art and science galleries for children, and an Ancient Egypt Gallery. The art galleries showcase changing fine art exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. In the interactive art and science galleries, visitors experience hands-on exhibits and interactive programs. The Ancient Egypt Gallery houses ancient artifacts and a Ptolemaic-era mummy that rests in a re-created rock-cut tomb. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium features sky shows, large-format films, visual music shows, and galleries devoted to space science. In the Museum Store, visitors enjoy shopping for unique handcrafted merchandise, books, toys, and a large selection of objects related to LASM's exhibits. LASM serves the community through lectures, workshops, classes, teacher in-services, camps, and other programming. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. For more information or admission prices call 344-5272 or visit

Current Exhibitions:

Picturing Vivian Maier: A Street Photographer Revealed

Main Galeries

January 23, 2019 - May 22, 2019

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) became an instant celebrity almost as soon as her photographs were discovered in 2008. Her work was found after she failed to pay the rent on her storage lockers and the contents were auctioned away. The cache included over 140,000 images, including prints, negatives, slides, and rolls of undeveloped film. One of the purchasers, John Maloof, began sharing Maier’s work on the web and it quickly went viral, accruing admirers from around the world. Maier was unaware of her rise to fame at age 82, dying a few months after her work first gained notice.

Maier's employment as a nanny was among the first facts discovered about her, causing the press to refer to her as “The Nanny Photographer.” The mystery surrounding Maier’s identity popularized her work and its discovery at unprecedented levels. Within five years, her photographs were featured in museums and galleries around the world, published in half a dozen books, and were the subject of a television film and an Academy Award-nominated documentary titled Finding Vivian Maier. Her popularity continues to climb today, even as legal proceedings regarding her estate and copyright occur behind the scenes.

It has taken a full decade to unearth Vivian Maier’s entire life story and more information is still being discovered. Picturing Vivian Maier is comprised of seventy photographs from the John Maloof Collection, borrowed from The Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City. Curated by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum with the assistance of biographer Ann Marks, the narrative accompanying the images reveals recently-discovered details about Vivian Maier to inform a more complete picture of her person and a deeper understanding of her photographs.

Exhibition sponsored by Entergy.

Selections from the Museum Collection: Honoring Carol S. Gikas

Soupçon Gallery

September 22, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Carol Gikas has served as the President and Executive Director of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for the past thirty-nine years. The Museum has experienced significant growth in attendance, membership, and community support under her leadership. Not only did Gikas shepherd the building and opening of the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium and Bert S. Turner Family Atrium, but she has also steadily guided the expansion of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Approximately 1,400 artworks indicative of a wide range of creative expression and cultural influences have entered the collection during Gikas’ tenure, which began in 1980. Among noteworthy artworks are paintings by American masters Charles Burchfield, Asher B. Durand, John Marin, and Reginald Marsh as well as European artists Alexandre-Evariste Fragonard, Carl Gustaf Pilo, and Louis Edmond Pomey.Holdings of sculptures by Ivan Meštrovi?, as well as drawings, increased substantially. Compelling works by Louisiana Modernists dating from 1900 to 1950 by Knute Heldner, Paul Ninas, and Will Henry Stevens, among others, also entered the collection. Additional artworks of historic merit include a Walter Anderson watercolor, an Elizabeth Catlett sculpture, and sixty-three prints by Adolf Dehn.

The Art & Science Museum collection began with the founding of the Museum in the early 1960s. Today, the collection numbers more than 4,000 artworks and artifacts. Held in posterity on behalf of the community that the Museum serves, these objects were collected through generous donations, bequests, and thoughtful purchases funded by the Museum’s early fundraising galas.

Photographer Richard Chase Albertine (1944-2016) Exhibit

January 26 - April 7, 2019

Photographer Richard Chase Albertine (1944-2016) understood light not only as a physical phenomenon, but as the aspect of photography through which he could express his deep emotions and create an enduring record of the world around him. Over twenty of Albertine’s photographs will be on display in the Museum’s Soupçon Gallery beginning January 26 as part of Inner Light: The Photographs of Richard Albertine. The show will run until April 7.What sets Albertine apart from many of his peers is his strong sense of visual light, technical mastery, and personal vision. His technique and philosophy was shaped largely by his studies under the influential photographer Minor White, who founded the first fine art photography department at an American university and co-founded the magazine Aperture in 1952. Like White, Albertine utilized a wide tonal range in his black-and-white photographs and enjoyed experimentation. Albertine often made multiple prints of the same image using different chemical processes to produce a variety of striking tonal effects. He often made multiple prints of the same image using different chemical processes to produce a variety of striking tonal effects. His work, though ranging from portraits to landscapes and still life, always included subjects that were close to his heart. “The photographs on display reflect the heartfelt sensitivity with which Richard Albertine approached his medium and his subjects,” said Elizabeth Weinstein, LASM’s Assistant Director for Interpretation & Chief Curator. “The selection on view provides a glimpse into the career of a highly accomplished artist whose work is becoming more widely known.” Albertine first came to Baton Rouge in 1978, where he worked briefly for the underground Gris Gris Magazine. He returned to Baton Rouge in 1985 to teach at both Louisiana State University and Southern University over the ensuing years. His work has garnered a number of awards and was widely exhibited and published in the 1970s and 1980s. However, the onset of serious health issues in the mid-1990s caused him to gradually withdraw from public life and stop exhibiting his work. He continued to take photographs, mostly in his backyard just off Government Street, until the end of his life. Albertine died in 2016, leaving behind more than one thousand photographic prints.

Planetarium Shows

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Travel through Earth’s greatest man-made wonders and discover the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small.

Earth, Moon & Sun

Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean

Dive into a whole new world that will leave you in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans.

Let it Snow

A holiday music show celebrating the winter season. Artistic impressions of various popular winter holiday songs come to life on the dome transporting the entire family to a magical wonderland of music and light.

Magic Tree House Space Mission

Go on an astronomy-based mission with popular Magic Tree House book series characters.

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Explore the moon, stars, and constellations with Big Bird and friends.

Secrets of Gravity: In the footsteps of Albert Einstein

Join a boy and his robot buddy on a voyage through space and time to uncover the secrets of gravity.

The Polar Express

Experience one of the season's most beloved films like never before. Be immersed in the story of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

We Are Stars

Join us for an adventure that starts with a little stardust that builds over billions of years to become our world.

LASM Hours:

Tuesday Friday - 10 AM to 4 PMSaturday - 10 AM to 5 PMSunday - 1 PM to 4 PM