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Tour Louisiana’s Iconic Government Sites & Buildings
Make your way to Baton Rouge, the Louisiana state capital, and pay a visit to the State Capitol Building. The building prides itself on being the tallest capitol building in the nation. When the weather is clear, you’ll catch a lot of Louisiana from the very top of the building, including spectacular views of the garden. The building offers guided tours, but be sure to make a reservation.
The State Capitol Building is not too far from the Old State Capitol Building, which is also a must-see. There is plenty to see and depending on the time, you may catch a choir performing. You can even take a toast to Prohibition, which is part of the events at the center. The center can be rented out for events and weddings.
The Old US Mint is a historic building in New Orleans and home to the New Orleans Jazz Museum. In the museum, you’ll find great artifacts including the first coronet of Louis Armstrong, along with several other instruments by the jazz greats.
Louisiana State Capitol Building
Completed in 1932, the Louisiana State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge is the tallest capital building in America.
The 450-foot, 34-story limestone building was constructed by recommendation of Huey Long, who became governor during its completion.
After the completion, he was fatally wounded in the building and is buried and memorialized in the Capitol Gardens.
The building was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1982 and is a staple of plantation country.
Old Louisiana State Capitol Building
Once home to the Louisiana State Legislature, the Old Louisiana State Capitol is located in downtown Baton Rouge in the heart of LA’s Plantation Country. A National Historic Landmark, the building preserves the state’s early history with a slew of historic exhibits and must-see architecture.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the “Louisiana Castle” and check out the award-winning “Ghost of the Castle” exhibit show, as well as the dazzling stained glass windows and ceilings. Check out area highlights – the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum and Shaw Center are within walking distance.
Old U.S. Mint
Set on the edge of the French Quarter, the Old U.S. Mint, otherwise known as the New Orleans Mint, was first established in the mid 19th century.
Listed as a National Historic Landmark and neighboring the famed French Market, the mint is currently a sector of the Louisiana State Museum, and is open to the public.
Visitors not only get to enjoy the exhibits of this cultural center, but the fact they are standing in the oldest structure that was formerly a U.S. Mint.
Visit the Old U.S. Mint from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or the Louisiana Historical Center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.