Located inside the Shaw Center for the Arts, the LSU Museum of Art is one of Louisiana's premier art institutions. It houses one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South—around 6,500 works of art—comprised of photographs, works on paper, sculpture, decorative arts, and paintings. Highlights include a world-class collection of Chinese jade and one of the most comprehensive collections of Louisiana art. Art from the Louisiana collection reinstalled in a new permanent exhibition in 2016.
The museum was founded in 1959 and opened to the public in 1962. It was located in a small period room in Memorial Tower and remained there until 2005 when the Shaw Center opened.