Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at LSU offers classes across several locations in Louisiana--including right here at the West Baton Rouge Museum. OLLI is available to anyone 50 years of age and older. To sign up for OLLI at LSU or learn more, click here.


West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with a skilled artisan to present a series of new wood working workshops inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits. Workshop cost is $150. The cost of materials is included in the fee for this workshop but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. Although they are provided, those who have their own chisels and dovetail saw may wish to bring those as well. This workshop is limited to a maximum of four participants. For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200 or visit


The West Baton Rouge Museum has launched a Blacksmith Apprenticeship program. Classes will be taught by Artist in Residence and professional blacksmith, Gary Hart. The tuition for this twelve hour course is $200 which includes supplies, a copy of the classic blacksmithing book The Art of Blacksmithing by Alex Bealer, and completed projects. Blacksmithing basics and blacksmithing ornamental skills will be taught. Participants will leave with basic blacksmithing knowledge and skill that can be built upon. Class sizes will be limited and will be offered on evenings or weekends to accommodate participants’ schedules. Upon completion of the program, participants interested in continuing to hone their craft will be eligible to conduct demonstrations at the West Baton Rouge Museum by becoming blacksmithing volunteers. For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.

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. 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 2019 to April 2020. 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 own 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 or by calling the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.