The LSU Museum of Natural Science was founded all the way back in 1936, when a few study specimens of birds were assembled in a classroom in Audubon Hall.
Today, this great family friendly museum on the campus of the Louisiana State University has continued to expand and is currently one of the nation's largest natural history museums, with collections of over 2 1/2 million specimens - now THAT is impressive!
Throughout the museum you will find a number of exhibits that tell the rich and fascinating story of Louisiana's past and present.
You can learn all about threatened and endangered species that live within the state, with dioramas to help children learn about their vanishing habitats, as well as learn about how the wetlands are disappearing, threatening the state's heritage, wildlife and economy.
What's great about exhibits like these, is that not only do they outline environmental issues within the state, but offer kids a chance to learn how THEY can help fix it!
Also at the LSU Museum of Natural Science is an exhibit showcasing regions of the world, from the grand Rockies to the dry sands of the deserts. You can explore the rainforests of Central America, and learn how the temperatures and the environment all work in harmony together, and of course uncover all of the various wildlife you would find in these varying landscapes.
Kids can journey to the glaciers of Antarctica, and explore Native American history within Louisiana, and even make a splash with the local fishes!
There is so much to see and learn at the LSU Museum of Natural Science, you might just have to visit for yourselves!
“Special Saturdays” at the LSU Museum of Natural Science is a STEM program that focuses on introducing children and their parents to the world of natural science. One Saturday a month they focus on a specific topic and invite experts from within the LSU research community to give short engaging talks accompanied by hands-on activities. All programs are FREE and are especially appropriate for children ages 5-12. Sessions are held in the exhibit area of the LSU Museum of Natural Science (Foster Hall) from 10am - 12pm Make sure you pre-register!
Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit!
The LSU Museum of Natural Science is located on LSU’s Campus in Murphy J. Foster Hall, behind Middleton Library and across from the Greek Amphitheatre. The back of the building faces Dalrymple Dr.
They love to have groups, and also offer self-guided tour activities on line relating to specific exhibits. Museum staff will also collaborate with teachers, librarians, or other educational networks and prepare special science activities for children.
Give them a call to ask about the accessibility of the exhibits and grounds
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