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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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AN EXCELLENT MUSEUM, EXCEPT FOR.........

this is an outstanding example of rural LA life in the past. the only problem was that they were renovating (never mentioned that when they asked for admission price) and several... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Concord, New Hampshire
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Concord, New Hampshire
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191 reviews 191 reviews
29 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

this is an outstanding example of rural LA life in the past. the only problem was that they were renovating (never mentioned that when they asked for admission price) and several exhibits were missing, moved, stuff was jumbled together, etc. and one contract worker was blaring his "music" quite loudly (he only smiled when I reminded him this was a... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This could be a nice museum. There was a lot to look at. Unfortunately there was very little signage to describe what exactly I was looking at. It looked like they were in the process of remodeling and a lot of the items were stacked off to the side. You could still look at them, but they weren't displayed very... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

have a nice museum, recently completely renovated. It was a needed renovation. If a visitor, great for learning about Louisiana rural life in the 1800's (or so). If local and never been, worth a visit. Course the annual Zapps beer fest is a treat and a fun event.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lots of room to walk around. Good parking. Docents are very happy to share their knowledge of the buildings and the equipment. Try to go when they are having one of their special events like the "Rural Life Christmas"

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Lexington, KY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Hard to believe this is in the city. Easy to get around. Will be very pretty in the spring. Met one of the master gardeners and he was very helpful and you could tell he enjoyed working there.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I like the set up of this museum. Many artifacts we got to see as well as the overseers house, slave quarters, the sick area and where they made their sugar. We also got to walk through a small garden. Fine visit. Shouldn't be missed if you are in the area.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

We found the exhibits profoundly interesting, particularly the many relocated and restored buildings. We had lots of questions that a guided tour would have likely addressed but if they normally provide guided tours one was not being offered on the first Saturday of the new year when we visited. For the photo enthusiast there are hundreds of interesting images awaiting... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A bit of the country snap dab in the middle of the city. Great outdoor exhibits. As a son of the farm, I appreciated the dipiction and preservation of ordinary farm folk.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We've been to the Rural Life Museum a few times in the past, but this was the first time we visited for Christmas. The atmosphere is wonderful on a normal day, but on this trip it was magical. Bagpipes and drums, wagon rides, bonfires, children caroling in the old time church, and St. Nick, on top of all the wonderful... More 

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Rome, Italy
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The LSU Rural Life museum is well worth a visit, one of my favorite museums in Louisiana! They have authentic slave quaters brought from other plantations around the south, as well as overseers cottages. They house an enormous collection of Old South antiques (carriages, documents, weapons etc.) If you want to know what life was like in the old south... More 

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