Last updated: 5/24/2011
Lafayette, Louisiana
Street Address
433 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
Mailing Address
433 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
phone: 337-291-5544
fax: 337-291-5464
General Hours
Open hours change with exhibits--please see our web site:
Monday - Friday9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday1 PM - 6 PM
Check the museum website for Planetarium Show Times.
Admission prices change with exhibits--please see museum web site for current admission fees.
Kevin Krantz, Provisional Director
David Hostetter, Planetarium Curator
Deborah Clifton, Collections Curator
Karen Miller, Administrative Assistant
Dawn Edelen, Education Curator

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: If you love a quality museum experience, then you understand the importance of dedicated volunteers. Call the museum at 291-5544 to volunteer!

The Lafayette Science Museum is a regional science center serving families, schools, and visitors with experiences and education in order to build the future through science, technology, engineering, and math.

Planetarium shows run on a schedule, and late admission is not possible. Monday through Friday mornings: Groups may schedule a Planetarium show. Seats are $2.00 per person. Infants through 3 years of age are not permitted in some Planetarium shows. Afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: Groups may purchase Planetarium show tickets at $2.00 per person, subject to availability.


Formerly the Lafayette Natural History Museum, the organization moved to downtown Lafayette in 2002, and took the name Lafayette Science Museum.

Artifact Collections

The Museum owns a small collection of artifacts and specimens. The larget segment is composed of material culture objects from regional Native American, Creole, and Cajun cultures. This is complemented by a small specimen collection containing plant and animal samples.

Research Collections

A small astonomy collection of meteorites, tektites, and telescopes; also a small fossil collection.

Educational Programs

Please see our web-site for upcoming exhibitions, workshops, programs, educator guides.


Access: Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


Wheelchair Accessible

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