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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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Large well-designed museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
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Opelousas, Louisiana
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Opelousas, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Preston, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Covington, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Glensted Mo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

We and another couple were on our way to southern La for a vacation, late March '14. As we travel we look for local places to visit. We saw info on the Orphan Train Museum. The OTM was as highlight of our trip. We were blessed that the two hosts were actual decendents of children of the orphan trains. This... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

On the walls inside are pictures and information about the children and the families that adopted them. The historical information was well presented. The people at the museum had more stories to tell than we had time for. I wish we had more time to spend there to explore the other buildings on the nearby grounds.

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