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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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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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RURAL LIFE MUSEUM

The museum is an excellent place to visit and enjoy the exhibits. Staff are extremely helpful and professional.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The museum is an excellent place to visit and enjoy the exhibits. Staff are extremely helpful and professional.

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Vienna, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Spent most of a day here in the spring taking photos and sketches and felt I understood my new home state much better as a result. Loved the indoor portion of the museum with its exhibits, the old chapel, the slave cabins, plantation house, etc. The gardens are also lovely. Have also enjoyed walking the trails. Many events take place... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Tucked away.....right off the beaten path, right ON the beaten path, lays the LSU Rural Life Museum. Ranked Nationally in the top ten museums in the country!! This growing gem drips with hands on top notch quality artifacts and history from Louisiana dug-out canoe to the original buildings from Creole Louisiana that create a natural winner. As a donor of... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This fine attraction in Baton Rouge is so tremendous in many ways. The facility is wonderfully entertaining and educational and the staff very well trained. Everyone here is what Louisiana tourism is all about! Danny Bonaventure, Allons À Lafayette, Inc.

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Apopka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Getting to the complex was easy but it was a bit confusing finding the museum. There are several gardens and other buildings so we pulled into the first place we saw and tried to figure it out. Eventually we found the road that led to the museum. We paid a small admission fee, got a pamphlet for the self guided... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This was fantastic! So much history beautifully presented in a natural realistic way. The buildings were relocated and are furnished as they would have been. This was like taking a step back in time. We highly recommend a trip to LSU Rural Life Museum

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Baton Rouge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I've been to the Rural Life Museum many, many times and I always enjoy it and learn something new. The "old timey" artifacts and buildings are amazing but the EVENTS are the best! Harvest Days, Christmas, Garden Fest. They always have amazing things to see and learn about.

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Cedar Park, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Self guided tour was perfect for us. Takes about two hours. You are given an easy to follow map of the grounds and are turned loose. There are a lot of neat relics from the 1800s and early 1900s to learn more about every day life. Outside there are several buildings to walk in and explore. (School, blacksmith, church, commissary,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Authentic exhibits in a beautiful setting. It's an excellent place to get a taste of old Louisiana! I didn't like going when it was hot outside. Better to go when it's cooler.

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Lafayette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

a great place to visit a peacefulplace at night you can hear the crickets a reminder of the old days real antique idems to see. this was at one time a plantation great for camping,parties,social events. we just had a fundraiser at the museum and it was a blast.

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Additional Information about LSU Rural Life Museum

Address: 4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone Number: 225-765-2437
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Baton Rouge
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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