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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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Cajun Heritage in South Louisiana

This outdoor museum and grounds offers another unique perspective into Cajun heritage and legacy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hannah P
Alexandria, Virginia
via mobile
Need a car! Right across from our hotel, but miles to walk

It it absolutely worth the visit, but use your car even if you are across from the entrance! The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Oakville, Canada
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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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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

1  Thank Hannah P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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
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
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
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.

1  Thank lstuck1
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

1  Thank Kfirah C
Reviewed 28 October 2017 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

1  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!

1  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.

1  Thank joyannmadd
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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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