State Museums and Welcome Centers across Louisiana temporarily close

Posted at 5:45 PM, Mar 16, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced Monday that all nine state museum facilities across Louisiana will temporarily close to aid in the prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, only the restroom facilities will remain open at welcome centers across the state, except in New Orleans and at the State Capitol where the welcome center facility will close completely. The lobby of each remaining welcome center will close to visitors. These closures will last at least through March 31. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor will monitor the situation and make a determination on any extension of these temporary closures in the coming weeks.

The state museum facilities temporarily closing include:

New Orleans

The Cabildo

The Presbytère

The New Orleans Jazz Museum

Madam John's Legacy

1850 House

Baton Rouge

Capitol Park Museum


Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish

E.D. White Historic Site

Patterson, St. Mary Parish

Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum

The welcome centers temporarily closing include:

From Texas

Greenwood Welcome Center; I-20 East from Dallas

Vinton Welcome Center; I-10 East from Beaumont

From Mississippi

Mound Welcome Center; I-20 West from Vicksburg

St. Francisville Welcome Center; U.S. 61 South from Moundville

Kentwood Welcome Center; I-55 South from McComb

Pearl River Welcome Center; I-59 South from Picayune

Slidell Welcome Center; I-10 West from Gulfport

Within Louisiana

New Orleans Welcome Center; 529 St. Ann Street

Baton Rouge Welcome Center; State Capitol

Atchafalaya Welcome Center; I-10 St. Martin Parish

"It's with the safety of the people across Louisiana, and any visitors we may have in our state right now, at the top of mind that we have decided to temporarily close these facilities to do our part in helping to flatten the curve on the coronavirus to help the state emerge from this situation," said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. "During this time, our staff will ensure these facilities are sanitized and ready to welcome back visitors who are so important to the success of our museums and welcome centers."