Lafayette Science Museum


The Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium presents science, technology and history through exhibitions, planetarium shows, hands-on interactive experiences, films, workshops and other programs for children, families and adults. The building is an example of urban re-design and re-use, and has received many design awards for its dramatic interior space. The Museum & Planetarium offers facilities for school tours, group tours, special Planetarium shows, seated or buffet meals, dances, concerts, film screenings, meetings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, and other events.

Facility Offerings:

Ideas for use

  • School tours, group tours, special planetarium shows.
  • Seated or buffet meals.
  • Dances, concerts, film screenings.
  • Meetings, parties, receptions.

Spaces available for rent

  • Maximum capacity 2,000.
  • For more than 1,000 guests - Both floors of the Museum, including exhibit galleries, auditorium, classrooms and planetarium.
  • For more than 500 guests - Either the first or second floor of the Museum.
  • For less than 500 guests - Museum lobby area
  • For 175 guests - Non-fixed seating auditorium can be set up theater style, auditorium style, banquet style, classroom style or for a party.
  • Fixed or non-fixed seating classrooms for smaller sized parties.

Other Amenities & Services

  • Auditorium offers a built-in screen, projection, and sound systems.
  • Projection and screens available in both classrooms.
  • Available at no charge are internet access, 16 networked laptops, a SmartBoard, podiums, televisions and other technology options.
  • For all events, 8 foot tables, chairs and ice are available at no extra charge.
  • Museum gift store can be open for special events with 24-hour notice.
  • Paid parking is available in the municipal parking garage one block south of the Museum and on the street at metered spaces.

Contact Information:
Lafayette Natural History Museum &Planetarium
433 Jefferson St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 291-5544, fax: (337) 291-5464
Mary Henderson, Director