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.
.Planetarium Family Hour & Stargazing
Every Saturday | 10 AM
Gather around our “camp fire” and learn about the stars and constellations in the nighttime sky. After this educator-led presentation, enjoy a featured planetarium show for all ages.
The Traveling Trunk Show
Every Saturday | 11-11:45 AM
Wave goodbye to winter and welcome spring by celebrating the art and science of the seasons! Inspire your little ones with singing, dancing, and puppets in this interactive theater presentation.
Please visit lasm.org for times and age restrictions
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 (Premieres August 17)
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! Target audience is 5th grade and above.
Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia
If it weren’t for a series of cataclysmic events, a comet impact being first on the list, our planet could well still be the domain of dinosaurs. Following Professor Rodolfo Coria, a world-renowned Argentinian paleontologist, we visit sites of major discoveries he has contributed to in Patagonia and travel back in time to see these amazing beasts come to life. Patagonia has given us the largest living animal to ever walk the Earth: the titanesque plant-eating Argentinosaur, and its nemesis, the Giganotosaur, a bipedal carnivore that could easily challenge the famous T-Rex.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
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.
Flight of the Butterflies
Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey, join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, and discover the compelling true story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway in this beautiful scientific adventure.
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.
Please visit lasm.org for updated show dates and times. All ages may attend Family Hour shows; other shows are for ages 3 and up.
Harmonies in Color: Six Contemporary Perspectives
Main Galleries (Floor 1) | Opens August 24
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.
Sound Is An Invisible Color
Main Gallery (Floor 2) | Opens August 24
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.
Frameworks of Absence: Brandon Ballengée
Soupçon Gallery | Through October 27
The poignant, interdisciplinary exhibition Frameworks of Absence: Brandon Ballengée stands as both a monument to what has been lost to extinction and what may be lost if decisive action is not taken.
To address this loss, Ballengée creates what he calls Frameworks of Absence. Here, Ballengée spends countless hours researching lost species around the globe to identify his subjects. Then, he searches for and acquires prints and publications, many of them antique, which include illustrations of the extinct species. He cuts out depictions of the extinct species to create conceptual representations of the missing animals. Finally, he burns the cut-out pieces and places the ashes inside carefully-labeled effigy jars as is customary in human cremation. Accompanying Ballengée’s artworks are mounted specimens on loan from the LSU Museum of Natural Science and the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Law Offices of R. Gray Sexton.
Astral Visions: Photographs by Connor Matherne
Universe Gallery | Through December 1
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.
Astrophotography is the photography of the nighttime sky, astronomical objects, and celestial events and is an important tool in the study of astronomy. Many of Matherne’s subjects are nebulae, which are giant clouds of dust and gas, or clusters of stars beginning to form. To capture images of these faraway formations, Matherne works remotely through an observatory in New Mexico where, even with high-tech equipment, it can take hours to capture a single image.
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 Museums 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.
LASM Offering New, Interdisciplinary Programs for 2019-2020 School Year
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum continuously develops and updates its educational programming to ensure that students from all backgrounds receive a unique, quality educational experience in a museum environment.
The Museum has recently released its 2019-2020 Adventure Planner, a guide for educators seeking to inspire a lifelong love of learning in their students. Program options include hands-on classes, planetarium shows in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, interactive educational theater, gallery guided tours and explorations, and more.
New, interdisciplinary planetarium shows and hands-on classes available this school year include Apollo 11: First Steps Edition; Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia; Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum; Marbles, Motion, & Magnets; The Art of Astronomy; and The River Dynamics Experience. Created through a new partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, The River Dynamics Experience, offered free-of-charge exclusively for 8th-grade students, includes a visit to the LSU Center for River Studies and same-day, hands-on classes and programs at the Museum that are aligned with the Louisiana Student Standards for Science.
“The River Dynamics Experience is one of many exciting opportunities for students who visit LASM because it introduces them to the challenges of land loss and coastal erosion, inspiring them to discover solutions to these real-world issues,” said Nita Mitchell, LASM’s Director of Education. “Not only will they visit one of the most technologically-advanced river models in the world, but they will also engage with our new stream table and play with the principles of river dynamics.”
The Adventure Planner outlines descriptions and details of LASM’s programs for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The carefully-curated layered experiences developed by the LASM education team are an invaluable feature of the Adventure Planner. Each program is designed to address curriculum requirements and help students build connections and achieve deeper learning.
“When students understand the relevance of STEAM in their everyday lives, their perspective changes and they see new possibilities open up to them,” said Mitchell. “Many of our programs blend principles of art and science to reinforce what students are learning in the classroom, empowering them to recognize opportunities that will encourage both success in school and in future career paths.”
The long term benefits of museum school programs, like those at LASM, have been well-documented. In a 2014 study by Education Next, students who attended a field trip to a museum were found to experience an increase in critical thinking skills, historical empathy, and tolerance. For students from rural or high-poverty regions, this increase was even more significant.
“LASM has developed a model school program that currently serves forty-one parishes in Louisiana and five counties in Mississippi,” said Serena Pandos, President & Executive Director of LASM. “The positive feedback we receive from teachers and students affirms that the Museum’s school program fosters new connections and new ways of thinking through its exhibitions, planetarium shows, and hands-on learning experiences.”
“Research shared by the American Alliance of Museums shows that children who grow up with museums have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates, as well as lower dropout rates,” Pandos continued. “These academic benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. This year, we are especially pleased to offer The River Dynamics Experience to our repertoire of programs. The purpose of this program, in partnership with CPRA, is to expose 8th-grade students to career paths in environmental preservation, engineering, design, and ecology — all relevant paths to sustainability, not only in our region but also worldwide.”
To assist in the expansion of LASM’s school programming, purchase tickets for the Museum’s 34th Annual Gala, CHROMA: Color Your Senses, which will be held September 20. Proceeds from the sale of Gala tickets, Grand Raffle tickets, silent auction bids, and sponsorships go toward the Museum’s school programs, which served approximately 98,000 school program participants in 2018. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to become a sponsor, visit lasm.org/gala.
The Adventure Planner has been mailed to educators throughout Louisiana and is also available online at lasm.org/ap. Educators needing assistance in customizing a day of learning for their students at LASM should email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions related to The River Dynamic Experience, email Nita Mitchell at email@example.com.
Tuesday Friday – 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday – 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday – 1 PM to 4 PM