About Our Organization

In 2006, the Capitol Park Museum opened its doors as the largest and most comprehensive survey exhibit of Louisiana history, culture, and art in the State.  Its mission, “to collect, preserve and present, as an educational resource, objects of art, documents, artifacts and the like that reflect the history, art and culture of Louisiana for the citizens and visitors to the State of Louisiana” is supported by ten full time staff and a growing number of volunteers drawn from the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum, student interns, and community and corporate volunteer organizations.

In 2009, a group of enthusiastic and dedicated citizens came together to form the Louisiana State Museum Friends, later known as the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum. The Friends organized with the intent to further the museum’s educational mission and interaction with the communities it serves.  Within a year, the first board was formed, 501(c) 3 status was sought and granted by the Internal Revenue Service, and a formal relationship with the Louisiana State Museum was established.

With a mission “to support the Capitol Park Museum’s educational mission and public offerings through membership, volunteerism, financial support and other resources” the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum has a growing membership based primarily in the Greater Baton Rouge area, but with extended support and areas overlapping several other Louisiana State Museum sites and support organizations.

Together, these two organizations work to expand education and awareness of Louisiana history, art, and culture through programming based on LSM exhibits, current topical historical and cultural events and commemorations, and community based opportunities and partnerships.  With an emphasis on residents, visitors, and K-12 schools in Louisiana, the Museum continues to reach an international audience while growing its visitation by, and impact on, Louisiana’s K-12 students.

Since its beginning, the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum have raised more than $100,000 to support the educational programming, exhibits and special projects at the Capitol Park Museum.  A few such special projects include the building of new sign in front of the museum in 2013; taking lead role in raising funds for the travelling exhibit Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn in 2014; and helping to support the restoration and installation of the Conrad Albrezio mosaic in 2015.

To date, the Friends have a growing membership.  They also boast two signature events including their annual gala, Night at the Capitol Park Museum and very popular Spanish Town Parade Party in addition to regularly sponsoring exhibit openings and other social functions.

Get Involved!


Donations are used to promote Capitol Park Museum, fund museum programming, and further community and educational outreach.

Become A Member

The Friends of Capitol Park Museum relies on public and business support to accomplish its mission to assist in organizing and promoting activities, events and fund raising for Capitol Park Museum. Annual membership is an easy way to show your support.


Volunteers play essential roles in sharing our rich collections, exhibitions, research, and educational programming with the public. We are always on the lookout for dynamic, curious individuals who want to be a part of the team.


The Friends of the Capitol Park Museum’s Sponsorship program presents an opportunity for businesses and corporations to provide financial support to a world class arts organization and exceptional community resource, while receiving substantial recognition and employee benefits.