Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. LASM features exhibitions of internationally renowned artists, innovative programming in the state-of-the-art Pennington Planetarium, interactive art and science galleries for children, and an Ancient Egypt Gallery. The art galleries showcase changing fine art exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. In the interactive art and science galleries, visitors experience hands-on exhibits and interactive programs. The Ancient Egypt Gallery houses ancient artifacts and a Ptolemaic-era mummy that rests in a re-created rock-cut tomb. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium features sky shows, large-format films, visual music shows, and galleries devoted to space science. In the Museum Store, visitors enjoy shopping for unique handcrafted merchandise, books, toys, and a large selection of objects related to LASM's exhibits. LASM serves the community through lectures, workshops, classes, teacher in-services, camps, and other programming. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. For more information or admission prices call 344-5272 or visit www.lasm.org.
Harmonies in Color: Six Contemporary Perspectives
Main Galleries (Floor 1) | Through March 1
Color is fundamental to an understanding of our world and profoundly affects our daily lives. Although visible color constitutes only a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, it is complex and endlessly fascinating to artists and scientists alike. Harmonies in Color explores the perception of color and brings together the work of six renowned colorists: Gabriele Evertz, Irene Mamiye, Pard Morrison, Jen Pack, Robert Swain, and Sanford Wurmfeld.
This exhibition is sponsored by Entergy; The Alma Lee, Norman, and Cary Saurage Fund; and an anonymous donor.
Sound Is An Invisible Color
Main Gallery (Floor 2) | Through March 1
Sound Is An Invisible Color spotlights the multimedia work of Christopher Janney, who designed Harmonic Grove, the entrance to the newly-built Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. A pioneering artist working with sound, color, light, and technology, Janney has been transforming architectural spaces into interactive installations and producing multimedia performances across the globe for four decades. In addition to studies for Harmonic Grove, the exhibition includes colorful maquettes and interactive sculptures. Of particular interest is Soundstair, a participatory sound installation that Janney has toured around the globe. In addition to such famous places as the Spanish Steps in Rome, Janney’s Soundstair was featured at LASM, known then as the Louisiana Arts and Science Center, in October 1981.
This exhibition is sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.
Soulful Journey: Randell Henry
Soupçon Gallery | Through May 31
View the vibrantly-colored, mixed-media collage paintings of Randell Henry, who has been contributing to the Baton Rouge art scene for over thirty years as a mentor, teacher, and professional artist. The artworks on view demonstrate major points of departure along Henry’s artistic journey.
This exhibition is sponsored by Ava and Cordell Haymon & Susie and Carl Blyskal.
Astral Visions: Photographs by Connor Matherne
Universe Gallery | Through May 31
What do you see when you look up at the night sky? Using high-tech equipment and creativity, astrophotographer Connor Matherne sees the mysterious beauty of galaxies and nebulae located thousands of light-years away. Matherne is a Louisiana State University graduate student and researcher at the university’s Planetary Science Laboratory. This selection of photographs features some of the Milky Way’s most fascinating objects.
Accompanying this exhibition is a feature about Astral Visions on our LASM OmniGlobe, which includes additional information from Matherne about his process and pinpoints the location of each celestial entity he has photographed.
All programs are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Prices offered do not include applicable tax.
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, and Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency
America’s Musical Journey
In America’s musical cities, every chord, every riff, every bang of a drum tells a story. In America’s Musical Journey, these stories come together to create a soundtrack for the American experience—a soundtrack that showcases the nation’s diversity and its collision of cultures, culminating in a unique blend of sound, music, and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world.
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience showcasing the real-life moments of the first lunar landing. With never-before-seen 70 mm footage and newly-discovered audio recordings, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, lift off, landing, and return of this historic mission - one of humanity's greatest achievements and the first to put a man on the Moon.
Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum
Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color, like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur, based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big is a first of its kind film for giant screen theaters, setting out to transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.
McGillivray Freeman’s Dream Big: Engineering Our World is in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers and Bechtel Corporation
From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet
Journey to the year 2132 as we follow Carina, a young woman stationed on Mars, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Experience living on a futuristic Mars colony, and ride a rover across the Martian surface. Children and adults alike will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.
Let It Snow
For a limited time, you can enjoy the sounds of the season in our planetarium theater! Let it Snow features a wide variety of holiday classics from Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Brenda Lee, and more, and includes a stunning finale by Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation and laser imagery to create a perfect holiday musical for the entire family.
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
The first planetarium show based on the best-selling children’s book series, Magic Tree House: Space Mission will take you and your family on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the sun, moon, planets, space travel, and more.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
Learn about astronomy with Big Bird and friends! Elmo’s friend Hu Hu Zhu visits Sesame Street and discovers that Elmo can see the same stars that he sees in China. You and your little astronomer will also learn about the Moon and how to locate stars and constellations.
The Polar Express
Experience one of the season's most beloved films like never before! Showing for a limited time in our planetarium, be immersed in the story of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
We Are Stars
Join a cast of lovable characters on a journey back through time to discover where we, and the universe, began. We Are Stars is a family-friendly adventure that starts with a little stardust, building up over centuries with the help of some familiar elements to become us.
Please visit lasm.orgfor updated show dates and times. All ages may attend Family Hour shows; other shows are for ages 3 and up. Museum doors open 30 minutes prior to the first planetarium show scheduled for the day.
Tuesday Friday - 10 AM to 4 PMSaturday - 10 AM to 5 PMSunday - 1 PM to 4 PM