Strategic Plan
2014-15 through 2018-19


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Louisiana State Museum
The Arsenal

A National Historic Landmark
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Monday and state holidays.

Students, Senior Citizens, Active Military$5
Children 12 and underFree
Groups of 15 or more w/ reservations20% discount
School groups w/ reservationsFree
Purchase tickets for two or more museums20% discount
AAA membership discount, with card10% discount
600 St. Peter St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
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Fax: 504-568-4995

Built in 1839, the Arsenal stands adjacent to the Cabildo on the site of the old Spanish Arsenal built in 1762. Designed by James Dakin, the building is an example of Greek Revival style. It housed the Orleans Artillery up until the Civil War when it was used by Confederate troops to store supplies. After occupation by Union forces, the Arsenal came under federal control and was used as a military prison. During Reconstruction, it was given back to the state and was used to house the Metropolitan Police, giving it an important role in the Battle of Liberty Place of 1874. Violence between the integrationist Metropolitan Police and the white supremacist Crescent City White League erupted over a contentious gubernatorial election. The White League prevailed at first, occupying the Cabildo and Arsenal for three days until President Ulysses S. Grant sent in federal troops to restore order. In 1914, the Arsenal was transferred to the Louisiana State Museum to exhibit military objects.