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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Very informative

Enjoyed the displays in the museum and buildings outdoors. Learned alot about the history of the area. The map had numbers but no numbers on the buildings. That would have been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
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Pueblo, Colorado
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Pueblo, Colorado
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the displays in the museum and buildings outdoors. Learned alot about the history of the area. The map had numbers but no numbers on the buildings. That would have been helpful.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We loved this museum. Inside the building were all kinds of vintage automobiles and interesting things from times gone by. On the grounds were old barns, a commissary, sick house, homes and more. My favorite was the old church. We pass old churches like that when traveling and I always think how I would love to take a look inside.... More 

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

Always an awesome time here. There is so much to see that we have been several times. Each time we learn so much about local history.

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Firestone, Colorado
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is a nice facility, with a wide range of historical artifacts, covering many different aspects of rural life. There was much more to the museum than we had been expecting, and so it was a very nice surprise. As the name suggests, there are items from every-day life - literally from cradles to graves (or at least caskets). We... More 

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Hastings, Nebraska, United States
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Although the buildings and items were interesting to look at, the 'walking tour' is really a map and there is little signage. We enjoy learning more about the items we are looking at in any museum and this particular museum has parts where historical items are not labeled at all. It was an okay place, but if you really want... More 

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Canada
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Well my husband simply loved all the artifacts. As for the rest, it is well displayed and organized. We enjoyed going at our own rate. If you are into how people used to live, you will enjoy the different buildings. No guide is required as there is an explanation plaque on all buildings. The gift shop was so-so.

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Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

After having visited a few plantations, LSU Rural Life museum is a good place to get perspective. The museum has a collection of humble dwellings the represent how many people lived in Louisiana. Included are Arcadian dwellings, slave cabins, an overseer home, a humble church, barns and other buildings. The museum has many artifacts that show what rural life was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

We loved this museum. Inside I was really surprised at how much they had to see. Very interesting items and information from Louisiana's past. On the grounds, there were old homes, a sick house, commissary, school and much more. My favorite was the old church. If you are interested in this type of thing, you should definitely check it out.

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Baton Rouge
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Three couples in 50-60's. Went back in time while looking at cultural period artifacts inside and historical buildings outside museum. Rural life in Louisiana in 1800's and Plantation era. Lives of black and white. A 2-3 hr visit was just enough time for an overview; reasonable cost. Took additional time on other 1- 2 hr visits to tour surroundings: rose,... More 

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Nelson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Many buildings from the bad old days in the South. Descriptions are a bit sparse but adequate. Big barn with old carriages, familiar to anyone anywhere who has seen museums from that era. We were fascinated by the sugar production process of that time, and by the homes typical of varying classes.

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