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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Wonderful museum!

This museum really brightened up our visit to Baton Rouge! We had a wonderful guide, very sweet... read more

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Istanbul, Turkey
Wonderful piece of history

Step back in time to the 1800's in the heart of the city. This museum sits on 40 acres and includes... read more

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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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.

Thank Katie R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank BKM407
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had not been in years, and recently went back after hearing rave reviews of their expanded collections, sustainable farming attempts, etc. Spent much more time than I had anticipated, and loved every minute of it! I will definitely go back.

1  Thank Susan F
Reviewed 9 August 2017

If you live within 90 miles of Baton Rouge, this is one of their little treasurers. I took my two grandchildren here for a visit. It brought them back in time when Louisiana and most of the country was being settled into cities. People lived...More

2  Thank ktsnola
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Our family of 4 (2 kids ages 4 and 8) spent about 2 hours wandering around the museum and outdoor exhibits. The first part of the museum is inside and has a nice exhibit on plantations and life during the late 1800s and early 1900s....More

2  Thank mbtitus11
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Beautiful gardens and an eclectic museum. Enjoyed the outdoor buildings. Closest I've ever been to a longhorn!

2  Thank Kernal3
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

This small museum is beautifully located in the Burden Museum and Gardens. You can gave a nice walk before or after your visit. We liked particularly the outdoor exhibits: old wooden houses and sheds from the eightteenhundreds. Like a trip back in time. There is...More

1  Thank Carlos C
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I drove through the property admiring the farm land that they have there along with all the great natural scenery. My fiancé and I drove over to the museum and walked around there for about an hour viewing all the old buildings that were build...More

1  Thank Joseph D
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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.
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