Louisiana's Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure, stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165-year-old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment and an occasional fistfight. Today, the building stands as a testament to bold, inspired leadership and active citizenship.
A National Historic Landmark located in downtown Baton Rouge next to the Mississippi River, the Old State Capitol currently houses a museum of political history, which contains several state-of-the-art exhibits. The museum is governed by the Louisiana Secretary of State and is committed to strengthening leadership, service and citizenship.
Since 1994, the former statehouse has served the people of Louisiana as a historical, cultural, civic and educational institution whose primary purpose is to collect, preserve and present, as an educational resource, documents, objects of art and artifacts that reflect the state's politics, history, art and culture.