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Address: 4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
Phone Number: +1 225-765-2437
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Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum...

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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Nice artifacts and historical education. It was extremely hot outside for most of the tour, so bring water if a hot day! Was difficult to find at first (movie crew parking sign... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 July 2015
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Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United States
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Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

Nice artifacts and historical education. It was extremely hot outside for most of the tour, so bring water if a hot day! Was difficult to find at first (movie crew parking sign had blocked the final entrance sign). Admission fee was $8 or $9 which I thought was a bit much.

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

We have enjoyed many Christmases at this gem of history! The volunteers dress up in period costumes, there is wonderful food to enjoy, live music and hayrides!! We especially loved the demonstrations of life in the 1800's! Candle making, blacksmith, & kids playing with period toys. Great way to spend a day and learn something about BR history.

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

Very informative, historical. Very affordable. Great place to take the children to get a historical lesson on Louisiana.

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Daphne, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

We had driven 200 miles to visit this museum the afternoon of our arrival, but not many people were visiting because of the expected rain. We should have started outside while it was still dry, but we didn't, and were happy wandering the main exhibit hall mostly by ourselves. Then we went through the doors to the non-air conditioned area... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

This is a very large area (a lot of walking). Great historic artifacts from the slave, plantation era. The buildings were very interesting. We lucklily came across a worker who was very passionate about the history. He escorted us around the buildings giving history and showing aspects we would not have seen on our own. There is a very large... More 

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

we stopped by to picnic here. It is feet off of the interstate and a tranquil oasis. There was a movie being filmed at the time so part of the property was closed, but still a worthwhile place to visit

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

This is one of the most tranquil places in Baton Rouge. Its so nice to take your time to step back in time. Make sure you bring your camera, it has great photo op spots! Also, try to check it out during any of the seasonal festivals that is there. Very family friendly and inexpensive.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

The museum is an excellent place to visit and enjoy the exhibits. Staff are extremely helpful and professional.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Spent most of a day here in the spring taking photos and sketches and felt I understood my new home state much better as a result. Loved the indoor portion of the museum with its exhibits, the old chapel, the slave cabins, plantation house, etc. The gardens are also lovely. Have also enjoyed walking the trails. Many events take place... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Tucked away.....right off the beaten path, right ON the beaten path, lays the LSU Rural Life Museum. Ranked Nationally in the top ten museums in the country!! This growing gem drips with hands on top notch quality artifacts and history from Louisiana dug-out canoe to the original buildings from Creole Louisiana that create a natural winner. As a donor of... More 

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