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LSU Rural Life Museum

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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Wonderful Wedding Site!

Outdoor Wedding at the Burden Gardens was a great change of pace from typical weddings! Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cbs10582018
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New Orleans, Louisiana
‘Meh’

I really wanted to like this place, and I knew ahead of time that we would be self guided, but yet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melody L
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“slave quarters” (18 reviews)
“horse drawn” (10 reviews)
“old church” (5 reviews)
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Outdoor Wedding at the Burden Gardens was a great change of pace from typical weddings! Beautiful Grounds

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really wanted to like this place, and I knew ahead of time that we would be self guided, but yet it was still a disappointment. Some of the displays had explanations that were very difficult to read, and the staff was indifferent at best....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife and I enjoyed several hours roaming acres of the 19th Century plantation and the huge museum with artifacts from that era: coffins, clothing, wheelchairs, steam engines, and even a wood burning hot water attached to a bath tub. If you want to know what...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

This outdoor museum and grounds offers another unique perspective into Cajun heritage and legacy. Gardeners will enjoy tbe grounds and plants, builders would be interested in exploring authentic historic housing and design exhibited here. It's in the heart of bustling Baton Rouge, lots of free...More

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

It it absolutely worth the visit, but use your car even if you are across from the entrance! The outdoor museum and old buildings sectjonmis what you most want and it will be about 3 miles walking, each way! So we told our hotel guide...More

1  Thank Ontario76
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

visited in November. Exhibits are great - but there is a dearth of explanations and there is no written guide. Suggest going there to see the displays - but do not expect to learn too much more

1  Thank John R K
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Truly amazing collection of antiques. Self guided tour this property which has so many wonderful buildings. Even 2 long horn bulls in a pen. Allow a couple of hours at the minimum. It was confusing trying to find the location, had to ask for directions...More

1  Thank Stephanie C
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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

1  Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

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.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 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

2  Thank Kfirah C
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jessicavearrier
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Response from Hannah P | Reviewed this property |
There are no posted signs about pet policy as I recall, but there are a number of trails nearby the attraction which are definitely pet friendly with a leash...And actually, not that many people at all around in off-season... More
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2 October 2017|
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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.
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honorable65
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.
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