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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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A great history of the area.

It was a beautiful day when we arrived although they had clearly had a lot of rain and had been filming so there were some muddy tracks outside to walk across. That definitely did... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

It was a beautiful day when we arrived although they had clearly had a lot of rain and had been filming so there were some muddy tracks outside to walk across. That definitely did not spoil anything for us. The inside of the museum was very informative and set the historical tone but the highlight for us was outside. All... More 

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Conway, AR
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My niece was recently married one of their buildings, and it provided a very distinctive setting. Due to recent rains, she could not have the garden wedding that she so wanted, but because the wall in the room where the ceremony was conducted was floor to ceiling glass, we had the illusion of being in the gardens - beautiful. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This Museum has evolved into a really wonderful day or half day place to visit.. Bring a picnic and plan on seeing structures from the Plantation days of Louisiana. The interpretations are family friendly. From old slave quarter houses, to the corn barn on the plantation. then the small church where many gospel hymns were sung. Do try to attend... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

After having so much fun for Christmas at Rural Life, we decided to try it for Easter. There was so much for our kids to do, such as dyeing and pocking eggs, egg hunts, petting zoos and more. There was only a small wait to see the Easter Bunny and take pictures with our camera. The view of the grounds... More 

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Pocono'Mtn, Pa.
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Unfortunately it was raining quite hard during our visit but we did enjoy the museum. So many interesting things to see. They were shooting a movie during our visit and it was interesting to see all the equipment etc they brought with them.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My son and I spent a morning here, walking through and actually TOUCHING things! I don't know if that's a good thing or not, we unfortunately saw where someone had stolen a coin from its holder. After the initial part of the museum, which looks new and maybe not quite finished, you walk to the back, which a staff member... More 

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Fairfield, Ohio
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Though classified as a "Museum", it is more of an archeological and southern anthropological work-in-progress. Many of the collections have been assembled in a haphazard manner, but follow a general time line, marching not so much through the state or regional history, but reflecting the life of the people. The "town", consisting of buildings from the area and regions, transported... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a gem of a museum. Do not miss a visit to this museum. The museum has an indoor collection as well as exhibits about the various periods of Louisiana yeomen's lives starting pre-Civil War through the Industrial Revolution. The big treat is to walk outside and inter the world of a yeoman farmer with all the buildings involved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We arrived late in the afternoon, and didn't have as long as one would like. Nevertheless, this was an exceptional stop. Adults and teenager all loved it.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Very informative- quality family trip. Took teenagers who actually paid attention and put electronic devices away- That in itself says a lot

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