Louisiana Old State Capitol – Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Atlas Obscura

Louisiana Old State Capitol

A 19th-century Gothic, castle-like statehouse by the Mississippi River. 

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Built from 1847 to 1852, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is a Gothic, castle-like statehouse located in the downtown of Baton Rouge near the Mississippi River. It now operates as the Museum of Political History. 

The 165-year-old statehouse is an architectural treasure and a National Historic Landmark in downtown Baton Rouge.

Know Before You Go

This is a free museum open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays.


Architect James Dakin designed a prominent gothic style building. If for no other reason, you must visit to see the gorgeous dome.

There is no charge to tour the building or use the audio guide, and there is even a children’s room for your minions.⁠ If you can spare $3 per person then it’s worth it to see the 4D immersive theatrical presentation, too.⁠