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Southern University Museums

The Southern University System is the only Historically Black University system in the United States.  Located in Louisiana, the Southern University System has five campuses that are beacons of academic excellence and culturally significant institutions.  It boasts a network of three exceptional museums, each dedicated to preserving and celebrating African and African American communities' rich history, art, and culture.

  1. Southern University Museum of Art in Baton Rouge:

This museum is located in Baton Rouge, the state capital, and is a beacon of artistic expression and creativity. It houses an impressive collection of artworks, sculptures, and artifacts created by African American artists and other artists of African descent. The museum showcases the evolution of African American art, highlighting its contributions to the broader artistic landscape while promoting diversity and inclusivity in the art world.

Southern University at Baton Rouge

Martin L. Harvey Hall

Baton Rouge, LA 70813

(225) 771-4513


  1. Southern University Museum of Art in Shreveport:

Nestled in the vibrant city of Shreveport, this museum is another gem within the Southern University System.  Its mission is to assure that the art, artifacts, and other treasured works of Africans, African Americans, and their descendants are accessible to the community in an organized and cherished collection, in a place of historic significance on the campus of Southern University at Shreveport. The museum curates various exhibits and interactive displays, providing visitors with an engaging and immersive experience of the African American journey from the past to the present.

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am - 5 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 pm

Contact Information:


610 Texas Street, Suite 110
Shreveport, LA 71101



  1. Southern University at New Orleans Museum of Art:

Situated in the heart of New Orleans, a city renowned for its cultural heritage, this museum is a vital institution that explores the intersection of African and African American culture with the region’s unique traditions. With a focus on history, folklore, and social dynamics, the museum offers visitors an opportunity to gain insights into the diverse cultural tapestry that makes New Orleans and its surrounding areas so distinct.


Tuesday - Friday, 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday – By appointment only



Southern University at New Orleans

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Building

Room 201

6400 Press Drive

New Orleans, LA 70113

The trio of museums within the Southern University System collectively serves as an essential platform for education, appreciation, and dialogue about the contributions of African and African American communities to the broader society. They aim to promote understanding, foster unity, and encourage a shared appreciation of cultural diversity, making them invaluable assets to both the university and the surrounding communities.