Hours of Operation

The Louisiana State Archives is located at 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. The Louisiana Room (exhibitions room), gallery, and lobby are open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For questions regarding visiting the Louisiana State Archives, please call (225) 922-1000.

The Archives Research Library is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Patrons wishing to research archival materials from the permanent collections are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling (225) 922-1208. Access to archival materials ends at 3:00 PM on weekdays.


The Louisiana State Archives hosts annual exhibitions to showcase materials drawn from our collections and on loan from our generous donors. These exhibitions highlight both historic moments and everyday life in Louisiana's rich and diverse past. All exhibitions are held in the Louisiana Room and the lobby and are open to the public free of charge.


Pictured: A display dedicated to the famed New Orleans baker, Beulah Levy Ledner, the creator of the Doberge cake.  

Visitors may request tours by calling (225) 922-1000.

Current and Upcoming Events

  • River Road Art Show: August 1, 2023 through September 29, 2023 (Gallery)
  • Associated Women in the Arts Exhibit: October 10, 2023 through December 4, 2023 (Gallery)

Host an Event at the Archives

Thank you for considering the Louisiana State Archives as the venue for your next event. We are conveniently located on Essen Lane near I-12, Jefferson Highway, and I-10, just minutes away from Town Center and Airline Highway. Our building is available for use by commercial, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Onsite free parking is available. We look forward to working with you to create a memorable event for your special occasion. 

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