The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is a historic museum located in Shreveport, Louisiana and is considered to be one of the major attractions not only in the state of Louisiana but also for the whole Ark-La-Tex area. The museum opened in 1939 with the designs made by Shreveport native architects Edward F. Neild and D.A. Somdal.
The museum has become a premiere tourist attraction thanks to the diorama exhibits found inside together with the massive circular layout and architecture. The state exhibit museum also features an enormous fresco together with Native American artifacts and other memorabilia that showcases the history and the culture of Louisiana.
The six acre museum situated just beside the State Fairgrounds is operated and funded by the local government and features talked about exhibits and attractions including the fresco at the main entrance which was designed by artist Conrad Albrizio together with other sculptures that pay homage to the rich culture of 1930s Louisiana. Visitors will also marvel at the 22 world-famous dioramas that has become part of the permanent exhibit of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. The diorama was named ?Louisiana in Miniature? and features detailed figures of people and animals as well as farm equipments, machineries, farm landscapes and crop reproduction. The dioramas were created with Louisiana artists led by leading diorama artist Henry B. Wright with supervision from director E.J. Whetzel.
The museum also features the largest topographical map in Louisiana which can be seen in the rotunda inside the building. The map has a circumference of 49 feet and was made by Duncan Ferguson. Guests can look over the rails to see the highest point within the state of Louisiana which is Mount Driskill together with the lowest area which is the Gulf of Mexico.
Other exhibits inside the museum include a large diorama featuring the Louisiana Poverty Point archeological site. The museum also holds the 31-feet Caddo dugout canoe plus different artifacts from Native American tribes include baskets, pots and other litchis.
The museum is open from Mondays through Fridays from 9AM to 4PM with free admission.
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