Museums to visit on First Free Sunday in Baton Rouge

The name says it all: get into participating museums for free every first Sunday of the month.

The name says it all: get into participating museums for free every first Sunday of the month.There are no tricks, no catches. It’s just an opportunity for Baton Rouge residents and city visitors to enjoy the unique exhibitions for free.  

So, if you’ve never been to any of these museums before, visiting on a free Sunday is a perfect way to check them out. Or, if you just love the institution so much, you have to keep coming back.

Whatever the reason, these are the museums in Baton Rouge participating in Free First Sunday. 

“Adore | Adorn: The Elsie Michie Contemporary Jewelry Collection” closing reception at LSU Museum of Art (October 6, 2019). Photo courtesy of LSU Museum of Art.

Capitol Park Museum
Open Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For an immersive experience learning about all things Louisiana, you’ll want to stop by the Capitol Park Museum. Learn about the state’s early settlers, colonists, agriculture, politics and musical contributions. According to their website, the Capitol Park Museum tells a story of passion, adventure and discovery that could have happened only in the Bayou State.

Also, save a few extra bucks when you swing in on a first free Sunday. Regular admission is $7 for adults and $6 for students, senior citizens or active military. 

Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Open Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Get hands-on with art and science projects at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. This is the place to go to unleash creativity and discover new interests. This Downtown Baton Rouge spot is great for several hours of entertainment, whether you want to glance through the gallery or watch a show in the planetarium. 

Usually, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. But, on first free Sunday, you can get in to see the galleries for free. Spend $8 if you want to see any planetarium show on first free Sunday. 

LSU Museum of Art
Open Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

According to their website, the LSU Museum of Art holds one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South. Expect world-class exhibitions of regional, American, and European painting, sculpture, decorative arts, works on paper, and photography. If you happen to be taking a stroll through Downtown Baton Rouge on a first free Sunday, then stop in the LSU Museum of Art. 

On a regular day, admission is pretty inexpensive already. Adults (13 and older) get in for just $5 and everyone else gets in for free. Flashing a student ID is probably the best deal: always get in for free. But, hey, you can’t beat saving $5 on a first free Sunday. 

BREC’s Magnolia Mound
Open Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nothing says learning about life in the South than exploring a historic house near the Mississippi River. The Magnolia Mound is a 16 acre property housing Louisianian history and a home built in 1791. The plantation is a unique landmark and a vital part of the community. You need to visit BREC’s Magnolia Mound just to see how interesting it is. 

And on a first free Sunday, you get the luxury of a professionally guided tour for free. Usually, a guided tour would cost you $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children. Plus, self-guided tours are $3 per person during the week. But on a first free Sunday, experience a guided tour and more for free. 

USS KIDD Veterans Museum
Open Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The USS KIDD Museum celebrates one of only four remaining Fletcher-class destroyers. After surviving a kamikaze attack and voyaging through 20 years of service, the USS KIDD serves as a National Historic Landmark. See her preserved in her 1945 configuration. Or choose to stay on land by exploring the Veterans Museum. 

To get in, admission costs $12.53 for adults, $10.45 for seniors and veterans, and $8.36 for children. But families can enter for free on every first free Sunday. 

Photo courtesy of BREC’s Magnolia Mound

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And if you need a quick cheat sheet on the first free Sundays in 2020, here you go.

All First Free Sundays in 2020:

  • January 5, 2020
  • February 2, 2020
  • March 1, 2020
  • April 5, 2020
  • May 3, 2020
  • June 7, 2020
  • July 5, 2020
  • August 2, 2020
  • September 6, 2020
  • October 4, 2020
  • November 1, 2020
  • December 6, 2020