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PLACES OF INTEREST ON CAMPUS

Museums

The Museum of Art, located in Memorial Tower, contains original 17th through mid-19th-century period rooms from England and America, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. The museum's collections include prints and original works of art, New Orleans-made silver, Newcomb College crafts, 19th-century lighting devices, and oil and watercolor paintings depicting early Louisiana and Baton Rouge scenes. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m., weekdays; closed University holidays; no admission fee.

Windrush GardensThe LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens, a 20-building complex located about five miles from campus on the Burden Research Plantation, depicts a typical 19th-century working plantation. Entrance is from Essen Lane at I-10. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays; an admission fee is charged.

The Museum of Natural Science, located in Foster Hall, includes nine major dioramas depicting the flora and fauna of North America and examples of Louisiana's diverse animal life. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; open one Saturday a month for Special Saturday Program. Please call 225/578-3080 for details.

Hilltop Arboretum, a part of the School of Landscape Architecture, features a self-guided nature tour highlighting native flowering shrubs and trees of Louisiana. The arboretum, located at 11855 Highland Road south of campus, is open during daylight hours; no admission fee.

The LSU Union Art Gallery, located on the main floor of the Union, features exhibits by local and national artists. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., weekdays; no admission fee.

Textile and Costume Museum is located on the corner of Tower Drive and South Campus Drive in Room 140 of the Human Ecology Building. Hours are 8 a.m-4:30 p.m., weekday; closed University holidays. The exhibit area is also open the first Sunday of each month from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; no admission fee.

Alex Box Stadium

Built in 1937 under the Works Progress Administration, the stadium was named in 1943 for Alex Box, an LSU athlete and graduate. The 7,000 seat facility has been upgraded to one of the finest complexes in college baseball. Among improvements are new dugouts, locker rooms, a sound system, and a scoreboard complete with graphics capabilities. Alex Box Stadium is the home of the LSU Tiger baseball team, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 2000 national champions.

Mike the TigerMike V's Tiger Cage

Just to the north of Tiger Stadium is the home of Mike V, LSU's Bengal tiger mascot. The cage, constructed for the first Mike in 1937, was renovated in 1981 to include a grassy area, a tiger-sized wooden scratching post, a pool, a climbing platform, and an indoor area for use in inclement weather.

Lod Cook Alumni Center

The Lod Cook Alumni Center--named in honor of LSU alumnus Lodwrick M. Cook, former chairman and CEO of ARCO--was dedicated May 30, 1994. The $4.5 million building, built entirely with private donations and in-kind contributions, houses an alumni hall, meeting rooms, offices, a dining room, board room, library, and an outdoor terrace for social functions.

Student Recreational Sports Complex

The Student Recreational Sports Complex houses the administrative offices of the Department of Recreational Sports. This 112,000 square-foot, $8.4 million facility, which was completed in August 1992, provides students and the University community with a comprehensive and innovative sports facility that includes:

  • Rec Center's Running Track25-yard eight-lane indoor swimming pool with sun deck
  • five basketball courts
  • five volleyball courts
  • nine badminton courts
  • handball/racquetball courts
  • squash racquet court
  • spin room
  • wallyball court
  • three weight rooms
  • power lifting room
  • 1/8 mile indoor three-lane jogging track
  • training room
  • locker rooms for men and women
  • saunas for men and women
  • one combination aerobics/fencing/combatives room
  • cardio exercise area with treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines, rowing machines, stairsteppers
  • emergency care/first aid room
  • three meeting/classrooms
  • nine tennis courts

LSU MoundsLSU Mounds

The LSU mounds stand on the northwest corner of the campus. The two mounds, created by Native Americans, functioned as territorial markers or symbols of group identity. In 1982, radiocarbon dating determined that they were built about 5,000 years ago. In 1999, the mounds, which are among the oldest preserved Indian mounds in the Western Hemisphere, were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The LSU Union

The LSU Union, located in the center of the campus at the south end of the Parade Ground, serves many needs of the University community. In addition to offering McDonald's and various food service options, the Union includes a U.S. Post Office, barbershop, travel agency, Campus Federal Credit Union, and automatic teller machines for other banks, bookstore, TicketMaster box office, the Union Theater, games area, and various meeting rooms. Union hours are 7 a.m.-11 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday.

Page last updated: June 23, 2004

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