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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 Step Back in Time

Our family of 4 (2 kids ages 4 and 8) spent about 2 hours wandering around the museum and outdoor... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hammond, Louisiana
via mobile
Worth your time

Beautiful gardens and an eclectic museum. Enjoyed the outdoor buildings. Closest I've ever been to... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

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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
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Took a group of school children to visit the museum. I found the fee high for a group, and there was no guide to assist in touring the village. We took a brochure, which was difficult for elementary children to follow. The grounds of the...More

Thank michaeline624
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The Rural Life Museum is a treat. First of all, it is located in the Burden Gardens, where there are miles of trails through the woods for walking, hiking, and exploring; the trails are well-marked, both with directional signs and educational signs. Even if you...More

Thank AlnAbroad
Reviewed 10 April 2017

A pleasant surprise awaits those taking their time to go back in time in this remarkable attraction. Authentic relics and artifacts from Louisiana history tell a beautiful story of life as it was lived. This is an important tribute to Louisiana history and it is...More

Thank Jerry P
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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.