Our fundraising efforts have helped to open countless exhibits over the history of the museum. Some of these exhibits include
Mark your calendars for the Baroness Pontalba & Family Legacy Exhibit slated to open to the public on Sunday December 2nd, 2018. Louisiana Museum Foundation celebrates the closing tricentennial events at the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum features the18th-century New Orleans philanthropist, Don Andrés Almonester and his daughter, Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba. Jackson Square can be credited to two individuals: the Baroness, for her namesake apartments, and her generous father for rebuilding the Cabildo, Presbytere, and St Louis Cathedral after the 1788 fire. The Baroness de Pontalba was also instrumental in transforming the muddy military parade ground, once known as the Place d’Armes, into the beautiful Jackson Square, which is to this day the most iconic and visited part of Louisiana.
The exhibition hill feature family treasures, publicly exhibited for the first time from the family’s ancestral château located about forty miles north of Paris. Guests will see Micaela’s official portrait from the Chateau, 19th-century Odiot silver, crystal, bronze doré objects, and white and gold Sèvres porcelain, all displaying the Almonester-Pontalba family crest, and elaborately scripted family initials similar to the monogram that adorns the cast-iron balustrades on the galleries of our Pontalba Buildings.
Louisiana Museum Foundation’s celebrates the first tricentennial event in 2018 with the opening of Recovered Memories. Recovered Memories. Organized by Iberdrola in association with the Louisiana State Museum, a magnificent 7,000 square foot exhibition featured hundreds of historic artifacts, documents, costumes and works of art from Spanish and U.S. museums, archives and private collections. The exhibit shared Spain’s influence on the development of New Orleans and contribution to the founding of our country, in the building that once served as the seat of Spanish Colonial Louisiana.
Treasures of Napoléon offered visitors an amazing opportunity to see beyond the myth of Napoléon Bonaparte from April to August 2008. It was one of a series of traveling exhibitions that the state museum presented at the Old U.S. Mint.
Living with Hurricanes tells the story of rescue, rebuilding and renewal. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans’ badly engineered levee system, it resulted in one of the worst disasters in American history, leaving 80 percent of the city flooded and hundreds dead.
This exhibit documents the event, the aftermath and southeast Louisiana’s ongoing recovery. With interactive exhibits and artifacts that showcase the spirit of the city’s residents, this is a collection you don’t want to miss.
Clementine Hunter: Plantation Life was a comprehensive exhibition held at the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum. The exhibition ran from October 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016 and showcased more than 60 paintings and other decorated objects. It was one of the largest exhibitions of her work in recent years and presented Hunter’s intimate views of plantation life, the daily rhythms of domestic and agricultural work punctuated by memorable occasions like marriage, funeral, the birth of a child, or fishing trips on Cane River.