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State treasure on display in EBR

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Thursday, October 02 2014 Oct 2, 2014 October 02, 2014 5:22 PM October 02, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ambria Washington

BATON ROUGE- Napoleon Bonaparte's death mask has arrived to Baton Rouge after not moving for more than 100 years in New Orleans.

State officials gathered at the Capital Park museum to welcome the French emperor to Baton Rouge. The cast of Napolean's face will soon be on display at the museum as apart of the "Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn exhibit." 

"People are going to get an actually look of what Napoleon look liked at least from this bronze casting, said Jay Dardenne, Lt. Governor. "It's one of real treasurers of our museum system, and this is the first time it has ever left New Orleans since it came into the state."

While the Cabildo in New Orleans is being renovated, officials said they needed somewhere to put the historic piece and decided to move the piece to Baton Rouge instead of leaving it in storage.

"This artifact is too important for the people of Louisiana to be placed in a dark, cold room," said Mark Tullos, Louisiana State Museum Director.

Officials hope this new addition to the exhibit will spark more interest to visit the Capital Park Museum.

"It's a treasure for all of the citizens," said Dawn Hammett, Director of Curatorial Services for the Louisiana Museum.  "And to be able to put it in a different location where different people can come visit Napoleon is a wonderful thing."

You can see the mask at the "Revolution" exhibit from Oct. 24 through Feb. 28, 2015.

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