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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Lots to See!

Our school does this trip as a class field trip and we love it. The kids seem to enjoy too. There... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie D
Great place to visit.

I love the LSU Rural Life Museum. So many things to see and learn. Be sure to check their... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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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%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our school does this trip as a class field trip and we love it. The kids seem to enjoy too. There are enough demonstrations that you can easily split up if in groups and all get to see everything. There is also a nice gift...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the LSU Rural Life Museum. So many things to see and learn. Be sure to check their calendar because there is always something going on.

Thank lstuck1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were a lot of interesting artifacts and buildings but not a lot of explanations and no clear story line. I picked up some valuable tidbits but was hoping for a clearer picture of what life was like. I also misunderstood and thought there would...More

Thank Kfirah C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a sunny Fall day and were amazed to have the museum to ourselves. The visitor centre is well laid out and informative with a good mix of exhibits and signs. We enjoyed looking at all the old buildings outside. I'd have enjoyed...More

Thank beckywilkinson
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This museum really brightened up our visit to Baton Rouge! We had a wonderful guide, very sweet and helpful. It was a informative visit that brought us back in time. If you are planning to visit Baton Rouge, you must visit this museum!

Thank AleidaWilhelmina
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Step back in time to the 1800's in the heart of the city. This museum sits on 40 acres and includes artifacts as well as animals. A great way to spend the day. An enjoyable educational experience.

Thank joyannmadd
Reviewed 9 October 2017

We went for their Harvest Days event and had a blast. The museum is so interesting, and they had a ton of activities for children. Also, children under 5 are free!! It's well kept and the bathrooms are spotless. I highly recommend.

1  Thank Katie R
Reviewed 15 September 2017

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

2  Thank BKM407
Reviewed 13 September 2017

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.

1  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

2  Thank ktsnola
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2 October 2017|
Response from Susan F | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend at least 3 - 4 hours. You'll want to tour the original house, the museum and drive through the grounds.
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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