Upon entering the regal building, one cannot help but stand in awe of the grand staircase leading your gaze to the colorful stained glass ceiling. The Louisiana Old State Capitol has been burned, abandoned and finally restored to its brilliance and fame. 
Those who enter these historic walls are witnesses to the glory and dignity crafted all the way down to the door hinges accented with gold vine décor. These hinges open the doors of Louisiana’s political history.

The white and black marble tile floor escorts visitors to an inscription at the foot of a large doorway; “Agriculture Department.” Here the largest land acquisition in American history is documented for everyone to learn and experience the historic decision that reshaped the American landscape. The Louisiana Purchase Exhibit unveils print copies of original documents signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon.  James Monroe and Robert Livingston, Jefferson’s negotiators, walked away with 14 states for 12 million dollars. Each state flag attained with the purchase shadows above the exhibit.

The Louisiana Old State Capitol is conveniently located in Downtown Baton Rouge near the Shaw Center for the Arts. If you want to learn more about the colorful history of Louisiana politics be sure to include the Louisiana Old State Capitol on your Baton Rouge itinerary.

Museum of Political HistoryLouisiana is widely known for our good food, music and culture. But our history of colorful politics makes its home in the Louisiana Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The state museum of political history sits atop a rolling hill over-looking the Mississippi River and all of downtown Baton Rouge’s festivities.