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Old Arsenal Museum
- 900 State Capitol Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70802
- (225) 342-0401
Offers exhibits on the Battle of Baton Rouge, military history, and the history of the Capitol grounds. It may be the most historic spot in the Baton Rouge. This site was of particular military importance because of its location on the river for early settlements, and later as the main defensive position of the southwestern United States. Located on the grounds of the new State Capitol, the Old Arsenal was built in 1838 on what was then a federal military post. It was later occupied by the Louisiana militia at the outset of the Civil War and then used by occupying federal troops during the Battle of Baton Rouge. Amazingly, some of their graffiti is still preserved on the building's walls. Later, the structure served the needs of the cadets at the "Ole War Skule," as Louisiana State University was affectionately known when it resided downtown. No admission charged.