Explore America: Louisiana

Discover Louisiana in the collections: From Audubon's bird illustrations to ancient Indigenous artifacts to objects related to Mardi Gras, Smithsonian collections illustrate the natural diversity of the state as well as its history and distinctive style of music, food, fashion, and celebration. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings features Louisiana's many musical genres: Cajun, zydeco, Louisiana blues, New Orleans jazz and brass bands, plus music for Mardi Gras.