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LSU Rural Life Museum

4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
225-765-2437
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Ranked #7 of 33 attractions in Baton Rouge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums
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,... more » 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. « less
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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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186 reviews 186 reviews
126 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Wow, this is a museum we are glad we were able to visit. Its a gem and a pleasant place to spend the (half)day. The indoor exhibits are well organized and many large items are on open display. The LSU archeologists have a section in this museum as well, you can see them working. Once outside a great variety of... More

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Elgin, South Carolina
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100 reviews 100 reviews
41 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very nice place to see antique items like old buggies and cars, old items of furniture, and of course old homes and buildings! You can walk into some of them. Everything is relatively close together.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This museum has a ton of stuff, all authentic. Really enjoyed seeing the slave cabins, sugar refinery, and the jail! Very educational. Keep in mind that most of the good stuff is outside and it will take a good 1/5-2 hrs to tour (most places say that, but at this place it really is true). We went on a hot... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is considered one of the best outdoor museums in the country. There are tons of buildings from all over Louisiana brought to the this park in Baton Rouge. The goal is to depict the lives of the common people who often go missing when so many of us visit mansions and gardens that the rich once inhabited. In addition,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This museum features artifacts depicting life for early settlers and slaves in rural Louisiana. Everything from quilts, horse drawn carriages, hearses, machinery, home furnishings and iron works used to restrain and imprison slaves. Outside is an impressive collection of cabins, buildings, and homes relocated from plantations across the state. The museum grounds are extremely well maintained andante you feel as... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It can take several days to see everything this wonderful indoor and outdoor Museum offers to travelers. A walk back in time to the rural life in the south. Even if you only have a day, don't miss visiting this unique and authentic collection of farm houses, slave quarters, cook houses, school rooms, and barns. There are lots of farm... More

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Cleveland, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Great place to visit for a day. Building tours and lots of antiques to see. Interesting stories and questions welcomed. Friendly people working there. Grounds are very pretty.

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Grand Bend, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This museum is part of the Louisiana State University which certainly adds to its potential as a learning experience and its ability to obtain articles and buildings to add to its collection. The admission is very reasonable at $9.00 for adults & $8.00 for seniors and children. the actual museum is excellent with a great collection of household items &... More

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Baton Rouge, LA
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152 reviews 152 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is one of the best attractions in the city of Baton Rouge. The huge expanse of rel estate has been laid out to depict life as it existed in Louisiana and throughout the South in yesteryear. A great attraction for kids who need a place to run around and just be children. Being a public facility the admittance is... More

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Dickerson, Maryland
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114 reviews 114 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Good cultural museum depicting historical rural life in the area. Visiting in March meant there wasn't too much growing, although in one of the gardens the collard greens were bolting. Currently there is a bit of road work going on at the entry road, making it a bit tougher to find; happy it was a rental.

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