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Address: 4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum...

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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The most interesting place in Baton Rouge

Often overlooked, the Rural Life Museum, established by the Steele Burden family and later donated to LSU, is the first of its kind in showing what life was like for the slaves... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Often overlooked, the Rural Life Museum, established by the Steele Burden family and later donated to LSU, is the first of its kind in showing what life was like for the slaves and other plantation workers, with authentic living quarters and other memorabilia, and historical items donated from around the state. No Plantation House here. The Burdens did not want... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From looking at houses and cabins in the country, to crushing fresh cane and boil the juice to get syrup, to ride on the back of horse driven carts, the whole experience was awesome. You feel yourself transported to that bygone era. Displays of tools and other common pots and pans of the time, as well as hearses was very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds were very beautiful and the museum was very interesting. There are a variety of special events for all ages throughout the year.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place to take a half day and explore the history of Louisiana culture, experience authentic buildings depicting plantation life, plus local art. There is much to do an d learn about here at the the LSU Rural Life Museum.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The museum's attractions are especially nice during Harvest Days when there are activities. The candle making, wagon riding, etc. is especially nice as children can get involved. The Civil War reenactment is always a lot of fun as well. Overall it is a fun time during their special event days.

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Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I took my nephew, age 6. It was great. Interesting displays, very engaging for kids. I highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

A must visit if in the area. It has so much to offer, all the homes and other buildings are originals. It has such a large and versatile collection of antiques. We really enjoyed it and highly recommended.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I have been here several times and I still love it. The presentation is excellent. There is so much to see, do and learn. It has never been crowded, in fact we were the only ones there on this visit. There is a huge variety so everyone should find something of interest: history of the Louisiana, the buildings depicting plantation... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Unlike most of the plantation destinations, this extensive museum offers a look at how the other lived. Not just slaves, but artisans and farmers. Huge collection of tools, artifacts, etc. Don't miss this while in Baton Rouge.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I had read glowing reviews of the museum before we arrived and I was expecting a lot more. The museum is divided into indoor exhibits and historical buildings outside. The curated indoor exhibits were OK. They explained Louisiana rural life primarily when enslaved people were providing much of the labor on farms. A few of the written descriptions about the... More 

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