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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
225-765-2437
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Ranked #4 of 33 attractions in Baton Rouge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Grand Bend, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This museum is part of the Louisiana State University which certainly adds to its potential as a learning experience and its ability to obtain articles and buildings to add to its collection. The admission is very reasonable at $9.00 for adults & $8.00 for seniors and children. the actual museum is excellent with a great collection of household items &... More

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Baton Rouge, LA
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145 reviews 145 reviews
31 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is one of the best attractions in the city of Baton Rouge. The huge expanse of rel estate has been laid out to depict life as it existed in Louisiana and throughout the South in yesteryear. A great attraction for kids who need a place to run around and just be children. Being a public facility the admittance is... More

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Dickerson, Maryland
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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Good cultural museum depicting historical rural life in the area. Visiting in March meant there wasn't too much growing, although in one of the gardens the collard greens were bolting. Currently there is a bit of road work going on at the entry road, making it a bit tougher to find; happy it was a rental.

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Grand Forks, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We had a great time here, the buildings have been left as authentic as possible, which we really appreciated. We watched an 8 minute film first to acquaint ourselves with the grounds and history, then went for a walk outside to see all the buildings. We could have easily stayed there all afternoon and not run out of things to... More

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Somers, NY
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40 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

This wonderful collection of buildings and artifacts is impressive. Little restoration has been done; the buildings are pretty much as they were found when the museum took possession of them. Still, you can use your imagination and think about what it was like to live and work in these buildings in rural Louisiana. An overseer's house, a mill, slave quarters,... More

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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Lots of cool old equipment and antiques. Inside of museum was well sign-posted, but outside buildings could use more better information signs or volunteers. For the price, an afternoon well spent.

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Baton Rouge
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

One of the serious DO NOT MISS attractions in Baton Rouge--a chance to get a real (and complicated) feeling for the difficult past. Easy to get to, inexpensive, educational and refreshing: a gem.

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West palm beach Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We really enjoyed this museum. It would have been better if there were guides at each house to better explain abouth the house and its users. If you are handicapped and use a wheelchair at is very difficult to get around except for the inside museum. You may want to skip the outside facilities but the you miss half of... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This eclectic collection has something for everyone. Self-guided tour lets you spend as long as you like. Great for a beautiful afternoon exploring interesting objects from hair jewelry to early Louisiana life.

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Baton Rouge, LA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Burden Center and the Rural Life Center are wonderful attractions for locals and visitors as well. Burden Center itself is owned and operated by LSU and contains an agricultural experiment station (very interesting) and a rose garden which is gorgeous when in bloom. The Rural Life Museum is within the Burden Center grounds and is a wonderful representation of early... More

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