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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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Lots to see!

We enjoyed this place! So much to see! The inside tells you how a plantation was run and all the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
WhereverYouleadme
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Shreveport, Louisiana
An unexpected, but delightful vist.

Visiting the LSU Rural Life Museum was taking a trip to the past...to the 1800's and how the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donad P
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“slave quarters” (18 reviews)
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“old church” (5 reviews)
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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+1 225-765-2437
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"slave quarters"
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"horse drawn"
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"old church"
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"step back in time"
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"authentic buildings"
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"outdoor exhibits"
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"candle making"
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"learn how"
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"dog trot"
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"different buildings"
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"uncle jack"
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"nice collection"
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"old south"
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"walking trails"
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"special events"
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"interesting artifacts"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed this place! So much to see! The inside tells you how a plantation was run and all the old wagons were really neat! It was a nice day so walking around and seeing all the buildings was a delight! It was not crowded...More

Thank WhereverYouleadme
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the LSU Rural Life Museum was taking a trip to the past...to the 1800's and how the southern way of life existed as a farmer and a planter, and with slavery. The park is laid out and designed as a running plantation in the...More

Thank Donad P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Rural Life museum has got to be one of my favorites. While adults will enjoy perusing the thousands of antique items the kids will like running from cabin to cabin to see inside genuine structures from back in the day, depicting life as it...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We learned there was still slavery in Brazil until the 1880’s. Another thing I like that we saw were old slave huts. Also there is a big carriage exhibit. Lastly I this a good place.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We went to this museum thinking we would be finished in a hour. We were very surprise at the vast collection inside the main building. Lots of items from all around Louisiana over a very wide time frame. We ended up spending about 4 hours...More

Thank James M
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful outside gardens and very interesting museum. They have beautiful exhibits that tell alot about the history in areas we live in.

Thank Melvin S
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 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

Thank Melody L
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

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

Thank Wayne E
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Reviewed 10 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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Frank & Phyllis M
8 April 2018|
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Response from Wayne E | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice parking lot there but I don’t know of any RV parks.
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jessicavearrier
11 February 2018|
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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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Desertbluff
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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