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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Worth your time

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Interesting museum in a charming location

This small museum is beautifully located in the Burden Museum and Gardens. You can gave a nice walk... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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 good25%
  • 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

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

Thank Kernal3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 11 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
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This museum has beautiful grounds and many old farming artifacts. My favorites were the walking paths through the woods and gardens and an old slave church with painted stained glass windows. Recommended: the rural life festival with performers, activities, and Civil War re-enactments.

Thank Elizard655
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Is is easy to get from cruise ship dock to the park? You best suggestion for transportation for Four adults visiting on May 1.
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
What cost for age 68 ?
1 November 2016|
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Response from SheG133 | Reviewed this property |
Sandy S
is there RV parking?
14 August 2016|
Response from BlondeNBlue1 |
Yes. There is ample parking as they often host school field trips.