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LSU Rural Life Museum

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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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Great Open Air Museum

This museum nestled in a beautiful setting in Baton Rouge, surrounded by gardens, trees, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donna S
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Visit early in Morning Less People

Yes, during summer try and go early. We went when it first opened, and they seemed unprepared... read more

Reviewed June 26, 2018
Yvonne A
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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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“slave quarters” (19 reviews)
“horse drawn” (10 reviews)
“old church” (5 reviews)
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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+1 225-765-2437
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"horse drawn"
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"old church"
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"step back in time"
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"authentic buildings"
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"outdoor exhibits"
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"dog trot"
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"different buildings"
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"uncle jack"
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"nice collection"
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"old south"
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"walking trails"
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"sugar cane"
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"interesting artifacts"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Donna S
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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

Thank Yvonne A
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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

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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

Thank Janet B
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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

Thank Claire M
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

I was with a group of conventioneers on a tour of this museum. The guide was excellent and well informed. This was a very good introduction to plantation life with its open air set up, including elaboration of sugar cane, a store, slave quarters and...More

1  Thank Nels C
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I came for a weekend visit and this place is amazing. Unlike the St Joseph's Plantation this place has many building for their low price. We were also able to walk through almost each one. The front desk staff was very kind. This...More

1  Thank sebrinawilliams1
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Reviewed April 21, 2018

We enjoyed this place! So much to see! The inside tells you how a plantation was run and all the old wagons were really neat! It was a nice day so walking around and seeing all the buildings was a delight! It was not crowded...More

1  Thank WhereverYouleadme
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

Visiting the LSU Rural Life Museum was taking a trip to the past...to the 1800's and how the southern way of life existed as a farmer and a planter, and with slavery. The park is laid out and designed as a running plantation in the...More

Thank Donad P
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

The Rural Life museum has got to be one of my favorites. While adults will enjoy perusing the thousands of antique items the kids will like running from cabin to cabin to see inside genuine structures from back in the day, depicting life as it...More

Thank zstargazer
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Frank & Phyllis M
April 7, 2018|
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Response from Wayne E | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice parking lot there but I don’t know of any RV parks.
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jessicavearrier
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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Desertbluff
October 1, 2017|
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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.
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