Ongoing Events & Programs
Reminder: masks are mandatory inside the museum, and visitors are expected to practice social distancing for the safety of themselves and others. Thank you for understanding!
Café français was inaugurated in response to requests by visitors for a venue to meet and enjoy the French language. Café français meets on the first Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. It is free and open to anyone interested in attending. Each meeting features a topic to spur discussion. Music is often provided by those in attendance. And, of course, there’s always a bit of coffee and a little something sweet to eat.
Venez parler français avec nous!
Le Jam (postponed)
Le Jam, typically held on third Sundays from 3 - 5 pm at West Baton Rouge Museum is taking a brief intermission. Please check back often to see when this program will resume. Le Jam, sponsored by the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association, welcomes all Cajun musicians, dancers and fans to this free monthly event. The CFMA is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of our Cajun music, dance, language and heritage.
Historical Happy Hour (postponed)
Every fourth Wednesday, the drinks are on you and the history is on us! Come to the museum any time from 6 - 8 pm to explore exhibits and enjoy changing monthly entertainment such as trivia, live music, or lectures. Open to the public and free to attend.
Old Time Music Open Jam
Second Sunday open jam sessions held from 3 – 5 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Museum welcome musicians with acoustic instruments to play old country tunes outdoors. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair to sit in the shade and sing along or simply enjoy the show. This program is open to the public and free to attend.
Enrichment Monday (postponed)
The West Baton Rouge Museum offers monthly training on various topics on Enrichment Mondays, held the 3rd Monday of each month. Current and prospective volunteers, staffers, and interested community members are invited to attend. Each month features a different topic that highlights a particular skill or activity.
Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Director of Education, for more details at (225) 336-2422 ext. 201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee for participation.
West Baton Rouge Museum periodically hosts Lunchtime Lectures to accompany permanent and changing exhibits. This program features guest lecturers including scholars, historians, artists and book authors to name a few who speak from Noon to 1 p.m. These presentations are free and open to the public with limited seating and audience members are always welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. When available, guest speaker presentations will be made available online.
Blues After School
Blues After School is a music education program that provides free instrument and Blues band instruction paired with cultural, historical, and arts related activities and lessons on industry best practices for middle school aged students and up. No prior music experience is necessary. Students choose a primary instrument to study and participate in one-hour group lessons on that instrument once per week followed by one hour of cultural, historical or arts enrichment, September 2020 to April 2021. We will meet on four Fridays per month from 4 – 6 p.m. The program will provide loan instruments during class time to participating students who do not already have their own. Students who already own an instrument should bring the instrument to class. For more information, please contact Director of Programs Jeannie Luckett at email@example.com or by calling the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.