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LSU Rural Life Museum

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Amazing gardens

I have to admit, I expected to see the rural life items as they are what is mostly discussed. And... read more

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Hidden Jewel Off Essen

I love this place!! Just tucked away right off Essen and I couldn't believe when I went to check... read more

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“slave quarters”(21 reviews)
“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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have to admit, I expected to see the rural life items as they are what is mostly discussed. And yes. They are super informative and full of historical import. But no one prepared me for the gardens. I spent quite a bit of time...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place!! Just tucked away right off Essen and I couldn't believe when I went to check it out how great it was!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SisSandals
Reviewed January 20, 2019

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 January 15, 2019

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
1  Thank 53Carol53
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
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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.