Venues


The Baton Rouge River Center

The design of our Convention Center incorporates regional architectural elements, such as exterior shutters, deep sunlight filtering exterior spaces and double height porticos. These design elements are evident in the grand main lobby as well as the exterior second-floor veranda that showcases views of the Mississippi River. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Baton Rouge River Center expansion has completely transformed downtown Baton Rouge. The entire complex, including the existing Arena and Theatre for the Performing Arts, as well as the new Exhibition Hall, includes more than 200,000 square feet of new and renovated space, and incorporates state-of-the-art exhibition, meeting, concession and kitchen facilities. The new 70,000 square-foot Exhibition Hall can be combined with the existing Arena to create more than 100,000 square-feet of contiguous exhibit space and a total of 17 breakout meeting rooms.
 
Baton Rouge offers many hotels with meeting space as well as off-site meeting space. Whatever your needs, they are sure to be accommodated at one of Baton Rouge's many exceptional properties. See below for themed venues, and be sure to view our professional planner.

Themed Venues

Baton Rouge has a variety of unique meeting spaces and facilities available to meet your needs. Our meetings and conventions staff will work hard to help you plan a successful and memorable meeting. Spice up your meeting or special event with one of the many impressive themed venues listed below.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

With its semi-tropical climate, Baton Rouge is the perfect place to enjoy an outdoor meeting or event.

For a unique and informal meeting place, utilize the outdoor pavilion and picnic area at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo for your next event. On-site catering is available for a picnic lunch or a seated dinner. Hop on for a train ride or explore by foot and discover the 1,800 mammals, bird, reptiles and fish that can be found in the 147 acre zoo.

Plan a meeting at LSU's Hilltop Arboretum and surround your group with the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. The Arboretum consists of an extensive collection of Louisiana trees and shrubs cultivated on 14 beautiful acres. The open-air assembly pavilion extends out over the pond on piers and can be used for a variety of meetings and events. The grounds also make a beautiful setting for your next meeting.

Meet in Plantation Country

 A trip to Baton Rouge would not be complete without a visit to one of the area's many plantation homes. Plan your event at one of these unique settings and show your guests a good time they won't soon forget.

The historic setting at Magnolia Mound Plantation is a great backdrop for all special events and meetings. Magnolia Mound has two venues for your special events - the Hart House and the LaGrange. The newly-renovated Hart House allows for a smaller, more intimate setting for your special event. Holding up to 50 guests, the historic Hart House will add to the elegance and beauty of your event. LaGrange, a French Creole barn, is an outdoor venue that can hold up to 250 guests.

Special events at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens are truly memorable, from the small picnic or intimate dinner party to a grand reception, large corporate outing or family reunion. The professional staff offers planning assistance and resources to create turn-key events of any scale, including catering, entertainment, equipment and any special needs. From the fountain courtyard to the grand lawn, the garconierre, gardens, dining room and galleries, you'll find multiple settings that will fire your imagination and impress your guests.

The majestic Nottoway Plantation is the largest remaining plantation home in the South. Situated on the Mississippi River, Nottoway offers unique meeting space, Bed & Breakfast accommodations, dining and southern hospitality. The white ballroom, with its elegant triple archway, plaster frieze-work and Corinthian columns, provides a spectacular setting for your important special events.

Take a Trip Back in Time

In Baton Rouge, our past is your present. Stir up your meeting or event with a blast from the past at one of the Capital City's many historic attractions.

Located along the banks of the Mississippi River, the USS Kidd, a Fletcher-class destroyer, is ideal for a memorable gathering. Auditorium seating for 100 people is available in the museum while tours of the battleship can easily be arranged. Overnight stays are even an option! Various caterers are available as needed.

The Old Governor's Mansion provides an elegant setting for your next meeting. The classic ballroom and beautiful rose garden are the perfect backdrops for a classy affair. Jazz musicians can be on-site to play while tours of the facilities can be taken at leisure. Outside catering can be brought in to meet your specific needs.

The magnificent rotunda, and both the House and Senate Chambers of the Old State Capitol are available for after-hours rentals, receptions and special events. Elegant conference/public meeting rooms may be used for smaller meetings and gatherings during the day, as well as for lectures and conferences. Also, the beautiful five-acre grounds are ideal for outdoor functions, such as concerts and picnics.

Discover the Arts

More and more meeting planners are discovering Baton Rouge as a truly unique cultural and entertainment center, ready to welcome meetings and conventions of every size. Give your guests a taste of culture with a meeting at one of these outstanding venues.
 
The LSU Museum of Art, located in the new Shaw Center for the Arts, is an exceptional venue for your next meeting or event. With 14 different galleries, soaring 16-foot ceilings and stunningly beautiful lighting, your guests will be surrounded by both imaginative and historical works of art. Upon entering the lobby, visitors will be greeted with a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. The 13,000 sq. ft. gallery can accommodate up to 400 people. Also available is the Bert and Sue Turner Gallery, a 2,000 sq. ft space also overlooking the Mississippi. The gallery can accommodate about 200 people, reception style. The LSU Museum of Art Conference Room is also available for rent and can hold about 30 people.
 
The Louisiana State Museum - Baton Rouge is a 69,000 sq. ft. facility located across from the intricate gardens of Louisiana's State Capitol. The award-winning, International-style structure is the newest and largest of the branches of the Louisiana State Museum. Two spacious permanent galleries showcase aspects of the state's history that changed the nation, as well as cultural attributes that define the "Louisiana experience." A third gallery provides a venue for traveling exhibitions and other shows. The museum offers more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and covered outdoor space, which can accommodate up to 750 people for special events such as meetings, dinners, and receptions.
 
The Southern University Museum of Art is located in the 14,000 sq. ft. Martin L. Harvey Auditorium on Southern's beautiful campus. It is comprised of eight galleries, a stage, front and rear foyers and a gift shop. Four galleries are dedicated to the display of African art from the major art producing regions of Africa. The other four galleries are dedicated to African American art, including Louisiana artists and Southern University faculty and staff. Host your next event in a space dedicated to preserving and promoting African American history and culture.
 
For a truly distinctive event, reserve the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for your next meeting or event. Spaces available include the main and upper art galleries, the Adalié Brent Auditorium and the smaller meeting room. The museum also offers the Challenger Learning Center with a space shuttle simulator, truly ideal for corporate team building! From auditorium seating to classroom style, LASM is the perfect setting for seminars and receptions. A list of preferred caterers is available.