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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
225-765-2437
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Ranked #6 of 33 Attractions in Baton Rouge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

For a step back in time this a place you do not want to miss. Our 50 travelers really enjoyed this even though it was hot and humid. We had a great guide and we could walk the grouds on our own and see how folks lived way back when-

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Nebraska
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

This is a must see museum when in Baton Rouge. We are history buffs and if you are, this is it. There are numerous old buildings from old plantations in Louisiana, and museums full of equipment and tools, some paintings, photograph and too much to even list. All I can say more, is if you like history, do not miss... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This hidden gem is located in Baton Rouge just off one of the main thoroughfares at I-10 and Essen Lane. The site is comprised of not only the Rural Life Museum but gardens, trails, and beautiful grounds. The museum is a combination of interior displays and outdoor buildings. The self-guided walking tour allows visitors to get a close look at... More

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This museum is a nice retreat out of the city. it is located in a nice park but easy to reach from I10. count 1h to 1:30

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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185 reviews 185 reviews
126 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Wow, this is a museum we are glad we were able to visit. Its a gem and a pleasant place to spend the (half)day. The indoor exhibits are well organized and many large items are on open display. The LSU archeologists have a section in this museum as well, you can see them working. Once outside a great variety of... More

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Elgin, South Carolina
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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very nice place to see antique items like old buggies and cars, old items of furniture, and of course old homes and buildings! You can walk into some of them. Everything is relatively close together.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This museum has a ton of stuff, all authentic. Really enjoyed seeing the slave cabins, sugar refinery, and the jail! Very educational. Keep in mind that most of the good stuff is outside and it will take a good 1/5-2 hrs to tour (most places say that, but at this place it really is true). We went on a hot... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is considered one of the best outdoor museums in the country. There are tons of buildings from all over Louisiana brought to the this park in Baton Rouge. The goal is to depict the lives of the common people who often go missing when so many of us visit mansions and gardens that the rich once inhabited. In addition,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This museum features artifacts depicting life for early settlers and slaves in rural Louisiana. Everything from quilts, horse drawn carriages, hearses, machinery, home furnishings and iron works used to restrain and imprison slaves. Outside is an impressive collection of cabins, buildings, and homes relocated from plantations across the state. The museum grounds are extremely well maintained andante you feel as... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It can take several days to see everything this wonderful indoor and outdoor Museum offers to travelers. A walk back in time to the rural life in the south. Even if you only have a day, don't miss visiting this unique and authentic collection of farm houses, slave quarters, cook houses, school rooms, and barns. There are lots of farm... More

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