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Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

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Address: 223 S Academy St, Opelousas, LA 70570-7318
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+1 337-948-9922

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Interesting history!

Museum tells story and displays memorabilia of the the thousands of orphaned children brought by train from New York City's Foundling Home to be adopted by Louisiana families... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Fort Wayne IN
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27 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Museum tells story and displays memorabilia of the the thousands of orphaned children brought by train from New York City's Foundling Home to be adopted by Louisiana families during the 1800s. The property also displays various actual historical businesses and homes of that era which can be toured.

Thank kissinkousin
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a very good museum and the volunteers that were there the day we visited made it an excellent one. This wasn't an ordinary volunteer position but a passion. She was able to make the stories alive and memorable.

Opelousas, Louisiana
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very nice large museum highlighting a relatively unknown historical event, the bringing of many orphan children from the New York area to Opelousas area many years ago. Interesting exhibits and well-versed staff.

Thank Francis J
Preston, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Went to the museum expecting a sad story of mistreated orphans. I was VERY WRONG. There is a history there........that says a lot. Some of the children went to rich families.......and others went to families......and worked. But........in that time......children worked on farms. My Grandparents worked on farms and were not of the Orphan Train. In 'those days' - people would... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Unique experience to go back in time to visit a very historic era. Displays were educational and photos were heartwarming. My maternal grandmother rode the Orphan Train.

1 Thank W785VVsusanm
Alexandria, Louisiana
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2015

This wonderful museum tells the amazing story of the thousands of orphans placed by the New York Foundling Hospital in the 1800s into the 20th century. We received a personal tour by a Sister whose father came to Louisiana on an orphan train. The museum contains a great collection of artifacts and photos that tell a special story. No photography... More 

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Bunkie, Louisiana
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 2015

We knew about the Orphan Trains but it was only after we read the book, "From Cradle to the Grave" that we were impressed to visit the Museum. Our tour guide was a man whose grandfather had come to Louisiana on an Orphan Train. There are many pictures of those who came as orphans and some showed them when they... More 

1 Thank impressed131
Asheville, North Carolina
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

After reading the book Orphan Train by Christina Kline, a stop at the orphan train museum in Opelousas LA was a must-do while traveling through the area. It was not a disappointment. Two direct descendants of orphans from the train were volunteering at the museum at the time we visited, and they made the history of the orphans come alive.... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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226 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014

A former Train Depot was restored to become the museum which features artifacts documents and memorabilia dedicated to those who were part of the Orphan train riders who traveled from New York to Louisiana.

Thank Ocean_Rover_Blue_Wat
Covington, Louisiana
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Did not know about this, learn alot about the history of the Oprhan Train name Mary Jane, and the children of those days.

Thank Gwen M

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