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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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well done but not well documented

visited in November. Exhibits are great - but there is a dearth of explanations and there is no... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
John R K
Toronto, Canada
Amazing Museum and Property

Truly amazing collection of antiques. Self guided tour this property which has so many wonderful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephanie C
Los Angeles, California
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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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  • Average4%
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank John R K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 5 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 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

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

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
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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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