LSU Rural Life Museum

LSU Rural Life Museum, Baton Rouge: Hours, Address, LSU Rural Life Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

LSU Rural Life Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Georgia L
Dallas, TX985 contributions
Emotional and Informative - life 150 years ago
Mar 2021 • Friends
This was much more extensive and emotional than I thought it would be. The curators did an awesome job of telling the holistic story of rural life in Louisiana in the 1800’s.

No electricity, no water, kitchen in a separate building and one room slaves’ quarters. The farm equipment, cooking utensils, general store, looms for weaving fabric, everything was manually done.
Life was so much harder then!
Written 17 April 2021
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misha01
Lake Orion, MI30 contributions
Surprisingly wonderful.
Mar 2021
Surprisingly wonderful. Didn't expect to enjoy as much as we did. So many antique pieces. Very casual walk through museum and outdoor buildings of slave quarters and buildings from local plantation. Sometimes wished there were more informational plaques around stops. Husband loved reminiscing about his grandparents farm.
Written 17 March 2021
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paulina_lip
Irvine, CA71 contributions
Really good
Feb 2020 • Family
Have been here numerous times. An excellent museum with many interesting exhibits, including lives of slaves and much else. Highly recommend for children, as well as adults.
Written 21 December 2020
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Rita V
Hudson, MA787 contributions
A MUST VISIT
Oct 2020
Humbling reality of our slavery past, with a huge collection taking you through history. Lots to see. Beautiful gardens. HUGE gift shop! Lots of weddings stop here, because of the amazing gardens!
Written 21 November 2020
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Mark T
Houston, TX395 contributions
Louisiana in the 19th century.
Oct 2020
The traffic around LSU was heavy. Once I was in LSU, It looked like " Louisiana in the 19th century" The museum was deep in the forest. I learned about history at the exhibitions inside the museum. Then I went outside, I san a lot of buildings. The museum was very informative. Please visit!
Written 31 October 2020
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dchawk216
Brunswick, GA246 contributions
Really good
Sep 2020 • Solo
If you love history and historical buildings you will love this site. They have buildings from all over the state that have been reconstructed here. It gives you a real insight to life in the plantation days and rural life in Louisiana.
Written 12 September 2020
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NorthStar781583
6 contributions
Wonderful and perfect for outdoor activity during COVID
Aug 2020
Great place to go during COVID since it is an outdoor museum.
Could spend several hours there just looking at it all.
Written 6 September 2020
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stufftogeaux
Denham Springs, LA43 contributions
Day trip with the family
Jun 2020 • Family
Very informative. Friendly staff. Lots of things to look at. It's great to learn a little history about Louisiana.
Written 18 June 2020
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Carolyn B
Bloomingdale, NJ784 contributions
Leave plenty of time!
Mar 2020
This was just a wonderful find! I wish we had more time, but drove in just one hour before closing, strictly by accident. I walked through the acreage and my husband toured the museum and we compared notes. We were both enthusiastic! There are 42 structures outdoors which exhibit what rural life was like in Louisiana. The admission is ten dollars and very worth it. But make sure to leave yourself enough time to wander the outdoors and indoors--at least 2 hours. Kids would like it too.
Written 28 March 2020
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Carole J
Calhoun, LA84 contributions
LSU Rural Life Museum
Mar 2020
This is a first-rate museum spread over twenty-five acres. The indoor museum has an amazing display of hundreds of artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The outdoor section of the museum gives a nicely laid out grouping of buildings, making up the workings of a functional plantation.
Written 17 March 2020
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LSU Rural Life Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM