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LSU Rural Life Museum

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Address: 4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone Number: 225-765-2437
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Description: 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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Highland Games

This was our first visit to this museum area. We went specifically for the Highland Games but there is a lot to see in the different museums about past way of life

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to this museum area. We went specifically for the Highland Games but there is a lot to see in the different museums about past way of life

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San Diego
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Owned By LSU this Museum and its surroundings are truly magnificent. A real view into life in the old south. Well worth a trip!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Rural Life Museum is an urban gem. A sprawling Louisiana history museum tucked away in a hidden area of greenery amidst the Interstate madness. Great family experience.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

It was a beautiful day when we arrived although they had clearly had a lot of rain and had been filming so there were some muddy tracks outside to walk across. That definitely did not spoil anything for us. The inside of the museum was very informative and set the historical tone but the highlight for us was outside. All... More 

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Conway, AR
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My niece was recently married one of their buildings, and it provided a very distinctive setting. Due to recent rains, she could not have the garden wedding that she so wanted, but because the wall in the room where the ceremony was conducted was floor to ceiling glass, we had the illusion of being in the gardens - beautiful. We... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This Museum has evolved into a really wonderful day or half day place to visit.. Bring a picnic and plan on seeing structures from the Plantation days of Louisiana. The interpretations are family friendly. From old slave quarter houses, to the corn barn on the plantation. then the small church where many gospel hymns were sung. Do try to attend... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

After having so much fun for Christmas at Rural Life, we decided to try it for Easter. There was so much for our kids to do, such as dyeing and pocking eggs, egg hunts, petting zoos and more. There was only a small wait to see the Easter Bunny and take pictures with our camera. The view of the grounds... More 

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Pocono'Mtn, Pa.
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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Unfortunately it was raining quite hard during our visit but we did enjoy the museum. So many interesting things to see. They were shooting a movie during our visit and it was interesting to see all the equipment etc they brought with them.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My son and I spent a morning here, walking through and actually TOUCHING things! I don't know if that's a good thing or not, we unfortunately saw where someone had stolen a coin from its holder. After the initial part of the museum, which looks new and maybe not quite finished, you walk to the back, which a staff member... More 

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Fairfield, Ohio
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Though classified as a "Museum", it is more of an archeological and southern anthropological work-in-progress. Many of the collections have been assembled in a haphazard manner, but follow a general time line, marching not so much through the state or regional history, but reflecting the life of the people. The "town", consisting of buildings from the area and regions, transported... More 

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