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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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A Treat on Our Unexpected Vacation!

While escaping from Hurricane Irma, we visited the LSU Rural Life Museum. This is a great stop on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Winter Springs, Florida
A gem of a museum!

I had not been in years, and recently went back after hearing rave reviews of their expanded... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan F
Alexandria, Virginia
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Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum complex, one of the best outdoor museums in the U.S., featuring tools, furniture and other artifacts and, the highlight, a recreated 19th-century plantation that portrays the daily lives of these early settlers.
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While escaping from Hurricane Irma, we visited the LSU Rural Life Museum. This is a great stop on any trip to Baton Rouge. It provides information on the history of Louisiana, primarily for the period when cotton was king. The interior of the main building...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not been in years, and recently went back after hearing rave reviews of their expanded collections, sustainable farming attempts, etc. Spent much more time than I had anticipated, and loved every minute of it! I will definitely go back.

Thank Susan F
Reviewed 9 August 2017

If you live within 90 miles of Baton Rouge, this is one of their little treasurers. I took my two grandchildren here for a visit. It brought them back in time when Louisiana and most of the country was being settled into cities. People lived...More

Thank ktsnola
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Our family of 4 (2 kids ages 4 and 8) spent about 2 hours wandering around the museum and outdoor exhibits. The first part of the museum is inside and has a nice exhibit on plantations and life during the late 1800s and early 1900s....More

Thank mbtitus11
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Beautiful gardens and an eclectic museum. Enjoyed the outdoor buildings. Closest I've ever been to a longhorn!

1  Thank Kernal3
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

This small museum is beautifully located in the Burden Museum and Gardens. You can gave a nice walk before or after your visit. We liked particularly the outdoor exhibits: old wooden houses and sheds from the eightteenhundreds. Like a trip back in time. There is...More

Thank Carlos C
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I drove through the property admiring the farm land that they have there along with all the great natural scenery. My fiancé and I drove over to the museum and walked around there for about an hour viewing all the old buildings that were build...More

Thank Joseph D
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Spent time walking through the museum grounds many buildings and good explanations for the different buildings and their purposes. You go at your own pace throughout.

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Went there to schedule a 'couple's wedding shower' that we are hosting, in December, for a dear friend's daughter. I was greeted immediately & escorted to the 'orangerie' to do a walk-thru. It is a beautiful space & of adequate size to accommodate our party...More

Thank Wblloopy
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Always an interesting 3-5 hour visit. It's a pleasure to be immersed in local and state history. The gardens are a plus too.

Thank Randall1949
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23 April 2017|
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Response from Jerry P | Reviewed this property |
Cruise ships dock in New Orleans, but it's an easy hour drive by rental car and is close to the interstate hwy.
Homer R
1 November 2016|
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Sandy S
14 August 2016|
Response from BlondeNBlue1 |
Yes. There is ample parking as they often host school field trips.

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