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National Hansen's Disease Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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So much to see

This is a great museum. I learned so much about Hansen's disease. There is so much to see here that... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Small, but packed with great material

The National Hansen's Museum is quite small, only about half a dozen rooms, but each room is packed... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
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The museum tells the story of the leprosy quarantine hospital developed on site and operated, first by the state of Louisiana, and then the U.S. Public Health Service. Exhibits and self-guided audio tours available. History covered spans 1894 to the...more
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5445 Point Clair Rd, Bldg 12, Carville, LA 70721-2119
+1 225-642-1950
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Seven residents remain in this strange but cool place now occupied by the military. Spending the afternoon with Mr. Pete, 83, who has lived with Hansen's disease since he was 5, was the highlight of my Louisiana vacation. For people who like to see behind...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum lays out in detail the evolution of US medicine for this disease so poorly understood from the late 19th century. It starts with the state hiring several Sisters of Charity nuns to handle the quarantined patients some of whom overcame the stigma to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an unusual side trip and different from what I was expecting. I thought it would be a museum about Hansen’s disease—the history and treatment. While that is covered in the tour, this is primarily a visit to a government facility that “quarantined” people...More

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a great museum. I learned so much about Hansen's disease. There is so much to see here that I'm already looking forward to making another visit. The grounds are also beautiful to visit.

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Reviewed June 29, 2018

The National Hansen's Museum is quite small, only about half a dozen rooms, but each room is packed with amazing detail, including lots of photographs and artifacts. The presentation of the materials was excellent. My wife and I were there without our kids so we...More

Thank Rick G
Reviewed May 26, 2018

The site is not on any major highway, and the remote location is obviously due to the site's purpose when it was established in 1894--it was the nation's leper colony. There is a museum with many interesting artifacts and exhibits setting out the history of...More

2  Thank DukeBaham
Reviewed May 15, 2018

An entire culture was reveled to us during our visit - a group from LA, WV & FL. Having driven to the end of the road - River Road - and gaining access into the gated National Guard site, we went into the museum. An...More

2  Thank Carol R
Reviewed February 17, 2018

The museum is full of interesting stories and history. They do a great job of explaining the history of the disease and how it was treated then and now. There are also a lot of personal possessions from the patients who lived there.

Thank Louis F
Reviewed January 8, 2018

I was not sure what to expect from this museum but I was very impressed. I got an education in the 2 hours I spent there, and I could have spent 4 hours. It was fascinating. I was greeted by the friendly curator who gave...More

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Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

Today after our first seminar day with the National Hansen's Disease Program we ventured to the National Hansen's Disease Museum where we were met by the wonderfully informative Curator, Elizabeth Schexnyder, for a tour of this important museum. This Museum, a National Register of Historic...More

1  Thank nicarafiki
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

This is such an interesting and historical place. I learned about it by listening to the podcast Criminal episode called No Place Like Home. Listen before visiting. There are also multiple documentaries about this place. It's is definitely out of the way. In between Baton...More

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February 14, 2018|
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Response from PSimms | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot. When we were there, it was completely empty, so yes, an rv would fit. But, if there are many other cars then maybe not. I don’t think it’s too busy though. We went first thing in the morning in the... More
July 31, 2017|
Response from Elizabeth S | Property representative |
Our hours of operation are TUE-SAT, 10 am to 4 pm. Closed federal holidays. Admission, free of charge.
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May 29, 2017|
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Response from Elizabeth S | Property representative |
Iyarit, your IDs will be fine. see you soon. --the Curator