Louis Armstrong, Mardi Gras, the Mississippi River - all these come to mind when thinking about Louisiana, so why not have a museum that celebrates this incredibly vibrant state and its rich history!
Capitol Park Museum offers a panoramic exploration of this fascinating state.
Kids can learn how ethnicities and nationalities from all over the world came together to form a rich melting pot of cultures - American Indians, colonists from Spain and France, Acadians from Nova Scotia, and enslaved Africans all left their mark on the region.
Capitol Park Museum features thematic exhibits covering history, industry and culture, with two permanent exhibits - Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation, and Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America.
Kids can see a 48ft wooden shrimp trawler, as well as a two-row sugar cane harvester, showcasing the state's agricultural and aquatic riches. There's an oil rig model to show the critical role Louisiana plays in the nation's energy industry, and exhibits also include a rare Civil War submarine! How amazing!
There are exhibits on the slave markets, resistance and revolt offering a glimpse into the unfathomable plight of Africans, and you can eve see a re-creation of a holding cells atmosphere, where slaves who were bound for auction would live.
Let's not forget the role Louisiana played in jazz music! From Pete Fountain's clarinet, to Buddy Guy's guitar, and an expansive Louis Armstrong exhibit, you really can celebrate what an incredible contribution the state made to the world of music.
With all that and MORE to see at the Capitol Park Museum, you might just need to visit to see it all for yourselves!