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Baton Rouge (“red stick”) sits on the Istrouma Bluff of the Mississippi River and is Louisiana's capital. The city's name comes from the blood stained cypress pole that served to mark the boundary between the territories of the Houmas and Bayougoula Indians. The position of this capital city is one of great historic importance. The Istrouma Bluff placed it in the first line of defense from enemy both human and nature and made it a central port of trade and access to the rest of the country.
Around 20% of the population of Baton Rouge is made up of students from its many educational institutions like the Southern University, Louisiana State University and the Baton Rouge Community College.
The city's downtown is where the arts and culture scene is concentrated. This is where the Shaw Centre for Arts is located. The award winning venue is home to the LSU Museum of Art, Brunner Gallery, Manship Theatre, restaurants and travelling exhibits. Other venues in Baton Rouge include the Baton Rouge Gallery and the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum.
Baton Rouge also has a thriving performance and theatre scene with impressive performance venues like the Baton Rouge River Centre, Reilly Theatre and the Manship Theatre. The city also has a lot of architectural highlights. The New Louisiana State Capital is an art deco building. There are several plantation homes in Baton Rouge. Many of the buildings in the Louisiana State University are in the Italian Renaissance style.
Throughout the year there are several events and festivals that are celebrated in the city. There are many parades organized in the city for Mardi Gras but the largest one is celebrated in the Spanish Town. Some of the other festivals celebrated include the Red Stick International Animation Festival, Bayou Country Superfest, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Louisiana Earth Day and FestforAll.
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|1. Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens
LSU Burden Research Plantation, 4650 Essen Lane (off of
the 1-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans)
|What is it? Situated on the Burden Research Plantation,
run by the Louisiana State University, is the Rural Life Museum and
Windrush Gardens. The museum features an extensive collection of
tools, household utensils, furniture, vehicles and farming
implements, some outdoors and others housed in more than 20
buildings that depict the lifestyle of pre-industrial 19th-century
Hours of Operation: 8.30am to 5pm daily, all year round
Phone:(225) 765 2437
|2. Old State Capitol
100 North Boulevard at River Road
|What is it? The historic Old State Capitol Gothic
building, once described by Mark Twain as being 'the ugliest thing
on the Mississippi', sits on a bluff overlooking the river and
today operates as a centre for political and governmental history.
The building was completed in 1849 and housed the Louisiana
Legislature until Union forces captured the city of Baton Rouge in
1862. The legislature returned to the building in 1882 and stayed
until the new capitol was completed in 1932. The old Capitol has
now been restored and houses a museum featuring state-of-the-art
interactive exhibits and multi-media presentations detailing
Louisiana's past and political history.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm; Sunday 12pm to 4pm;
closed Mondays (except during April & May)
Phone:(225) 342 0500
|3. Nautical Center
305 South River Road
|What is it? A highlight of the Baton Rouge Nautical
Center is the restored 369ft (112m) World War II Fletcher Class
Destroyer, USS Kidd, which is the prime exhibit. Overnight camping
experiences on the ship are offered. The center also features a
huge collection of model ships, a restored World War II fighter
plane, a jet fighter from the Vietnam era and a walk-through
exhibit of the gun deck of Old Ironsides.
Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm
Phone:(225) 342 1942
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