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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
225-765-2437
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Ranked #3 of 29 Attractions in Baton Rouge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum complex, one of the best...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

LSU Rural Life Museum is more than what you think a museum would be. It's a complete outdoor village that's been transported to their location. One of the best events is their Rural Life Christmas (that's held Dec 7, 2014 @ 12:30 to 6pm. There are musical groups, demonstrations, open hearth cooking, storytellers & costumed re-enactors. My grandchildren (ages 3-10)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This isn't Disney's Song of the South. These are real, preserved antebellum buildings including slave quarters, a small church and an overseer's house.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A hidden jewel in the middle of Baton Rouge. Get a taste of yesteryear in Louisiana. Not your typical southern plantation experience.

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Eustis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We were taken here as Master Gardeners. WE had docents take us around. What the have done is collect buildings from all around and fixed them up and have them on display. I think the buildings were in better shape than I have seen other places. Worth a visit!

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Hot Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The LSU Rural Life Museum and Gardens is a nice place to visit. You can spend a short time or maybe most of the day. The staff is very friendly and knowledable. There are several old buildings that show the type of houses that slaves lived in during the time when slavery was legal. Other buildings show the type of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Nice place to expend the day with your family. Great opportunity to learn about LA history. Beautiful gardens to take pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The LSU Rural Life Museum puts on Harvest Days once a year in September and you really don't want to miss out. This was our first visit and we enjoyed the first day so much we went back for the second. My boys got to plow behind a beautiful Draft horse, they made candles, picked sugar cane, went on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

For a step back in time this a place you do not want to miss. Our 50 travelers really enjoyed this even though it was hot and humid. We had a great guide and we could walk the grouds on our own and see how folks lived way back when-

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