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LSU Rural Life Museum

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Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Unique and Interesting!

I've visited this museum many times. You'll see 19th century buildings from a working plantation... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Very interesting

It's a very interesting open-air museum. It gives a look back in time of life in rural Louisiana... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Columbus, Ohio
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“the barn”(6 reviews)
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...more
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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All reviews slave quarters the barn step back in time working plantation gardens are beautiful nice collection walking trails special events sugar cane open hearth gift shop couple of hours own pace self guided artifacts carriage harvest
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

PBS "Antiques Show" or "Pickers" would go crazy here. Stuff, stuff and more stuff. No real theme and few signs really explaining anything, but so much fun to just wander and explore. Definitely worth a visit, but not a museum in any traditional sense of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've visited this museum many times. You'll see 19th century buildings from a working plantation -- a kitchen, school house, church, slave quarters, and others. The gardens are beautiful. The barn holds artifacts that represent the culture of Louisiana up until the beginning of the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

It's a very interesting open-air museum. It gives a look back in time of life in rural Louisiana. I learned a lot and my children enjoyed it as well

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Thompsonian
Reviewed October 19, 2018

We arrived very close to closing time but were able to take a walk around the buildings and talk to one of the docents about rural life in the 1800's and early 1900's. There are buildings full of artifacts and a sample schoolhouse. Most of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed October 2, 2018

A wonderful collection of rural historic buildings and artifacts interpreting rural life in the south, specifically Louisiana. You will not regret a visit. Allow a couple of hours to enjoy the vast spaces at leisure.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Chet C
Reviewed August 1, 2018

This museum nestled in a beautiful setting in Baton Rouge, surrounded by gardens, trees, and flowers, is full of great exhibits and open air buildings. While the museum is called Burden Museum, there isn't much there about the family's history, which was a little disappointing,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Donna S
Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Yes, during summer try and go early. We went when it first opened, and they seemed unprepared - doors not opened on some of buildings, guy was walking around unlocking. Most disappointing was all literature and film featured 99% white people - So few people...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank ymalv
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

Had a relative staying in nearby hospital for several days and needed to step away for awhile . LSU Rural Life is literally behind it but you wouldn’t know because it it completely hidden. This was a such a great get away and so extensive....More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank JLGlenn
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

I took my fourth grade class here for a field trip. 23 students / 19 parents. It was awesome. I plan to go back. We had a personal guide and they knowledge shared was phenomenal. The opportunity to tour buildings and see artificers was truly...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Jmb0830
Reviewed May 10, 2018

I did not know the museum existed until I arrived in Louisiana, but quickly determined it was a 'must see' for my trip. The grounds exceed 400 acres well used acres. The museum is in two parts - the indoor exhibits covering farming, slavery, and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
3  Thank Claire M
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April 7, 2018|
Response from 502waynee | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice parking lot there but I don’t know of any RV parks.
February 10, 2018|
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Response from Hannah P | Reviewed this property |
There are no posted signs about pet policy as I recall, but there are a number of trails nearby the attraction which are definitely pet friendly with a leash...And actually, not that many people at all around in off-season... More
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October 1, 2017|
Response from Susan F | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend at least 3 - 4 hours. You'll want to tour the original house, the museum and drive through the grounds.