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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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Awesome place, terrible name

Rural Life? Ugh. Sounds like a snooze fest. Instead it was wonderful. It a "here's how people use to have to live off the land" museum. I found it fascinating, it made me... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, United States
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66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Basic boring museum stuff. You might learn something you did not know but I'd suggest spending your time and money elsewhere. This is a place for school children in my opinion and there's just not much to it.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Rural Life? Ugh. Sounds like a snooze fest. Instead it was wonderful. It a "here's how people use to have to live off the land" museum. I found it fascinating, it made me appreciate the modern world and have new respect for people who have to cultivate their own food.and make their own tools and furniture. My wife loved, my... More 

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Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The museum is well done showing how life in Louisiana was in the past. My husband and I enjoyed it a lot. Both the outdoor and indoor parts of the museum were quite instructive.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This museum goes on and on and on. There is an indoor portion and an outdoor portion and you should give yourself at least a few hours, maybe half a day if you want to really give it the time it deserves (and that doesn't include the areas around the immediate museum like the gardens, so you could spend an... More 

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Floral City, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

LSURLM is a historical sampler of the world of the average farmer all the way to the grand plantation owners. I have enjoyed several trips here since 2007 when I was researching the process for making Spanish Moss saddle pads for Confederate re-enactors. they have one of the few surviving extant pads there as well as horse collars and harnessing.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Make sure you take water and have a lot of time to spend here. The place is huge and very interesting.

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Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United States
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Nice artifacts and historical education. It was extremely hot outside for most of the tour, so bring water if a hot day! Was difficult to find at first (movie crew parking sign had blocked the final entrance sign). Admission fee was $8 or $9 which I thought was a bit much.

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Louisiana
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We have enjoyed many Christmases at this gem of history! The volunteers dress up in period costumes, there is wonderful food to enjoy, live music and hayrides!! We especially loved the demonstrations of life in the 1800's! Candle making, blacksmith, & kids playing with period toys. Great way to spend a day and learn something about BR history.

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Very informative, historical. Very affordable. Great place to take the children to get a historical lesson on Louisiana.

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Daphne, Alabama
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150 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We had driven 200 miles to visit this museum the afternoon of our arrival, but not many people were visiting because of the expected rain. We should have started outside while it was still dry, but we didn't, and were happy wandering the main exhibit hall mostly by ourselves. Then we went through the doors to the non-air conditioned area... More 

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