Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum, Opelousas: Hours, Address, Louisiana Orphan Train Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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NSouth
Gretna, LA402 contributions
Solo
When I saw the sign on the door that said…..no camera or pictures, I became disappointed. But I went inside and understood why no pictures.

The tour guide gives a detailed tour of all of the children that were orphaned in New York City and then taken in by the priests and nuns to find homes for them. To see their personal lives on the wall touches your heart.
Written March 11, 2022
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WorldTravelers34
Chicago, IL2,399 contributions
Couples
My wife and I stopped here. This is a very interesting place to learn about the history The Orphan Train Movement. There are some local cemeteries nearby within walking distance that are also very interesting to see.

From their website:

Between 1854 and 1929 two charity institutions, The Children's Aid Society and The New York Foundling Hospital, gathered resources to help the more than 250,000 homeless or abandoned children living on the streets of New York City. The plan was to take as many children off the streets of New York and place them into rural homes across America.

The Orphan Train Movement is recognized as the beginning of the modern foster care system. It was responsible for bringing more than 2,000 children to Louisiana. Despite the hardship of leaving their only known life behind, those children rode the orphan trains for new and better lives.

The last orphan train ride to Louisiana was in 1929. It was in that year the program ceased in large part due to growing measures by state legislatures across the country to restrict or forbid the interstate placement of children.
Written August 4, 2013
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SKWKS
Kansas23 contributions
This is a very good museum and the volunteers that were there the day we visited made it an excellent one. This wasn't an ordinary volunteer position but a passion. She was able to make the stories alive and memorable.
Written February 27, 2017
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Travelcrow
Woodstock, VT974 contributions
Couples
Had heard of and read a book about the Orphan Trains that took orphaned children from the New York City Foundling Home out to the western US states, but did not know about some of the trains coming to Louisiana. Beautiful and interesting museum with lots of pictures of the orphans and the adopted families. Our guide told many interesting stories about families she knew and the connection to the orphans and the trains. Very moving visit with displays of the little children's clothing that they arrived with as well as a few toys, etc.
Written May 2, 2017
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Dave C
Alexandria, LA158 contributions
Couples
This wonderful museum tells the amazing story of the thousands of orphans placed by the New York Foundling Hospital in the 1800s into the 20th century. We received a personal tour by a Sister whose father came to Louisiana on an orphan train. The museum contains a great collection of artifacts and photos that tell a special story. No photography allowed inside. The museum is one of many historic buildings arranged in a wonderful park setting as you enter town.
Written July 26, 2015
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Kent V
Etterville, MO295 contributions
Friends
We and another couple were on our way to southern La for a vacation, late March '14. As we travel we look for local places to visit. We saw info on the Orphan Train Museum. The OTM was as highlight of our trip. We were blessed that the two hosts were actual decendents of children of the orphan trains. This event is a very awaking on some of country's dark history. The story is worth learning before another generation is no longer available to tell the story. Sure would recommend you take a little time and add the Orphan Train Museum to you must visit list.
Written April 7, 2014
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Jane N
Fort Wayne, IN85 contributions
Family
Museum tells story and displays memorabilia of the the thousands of orphaned children brought by train from New York City's Foundling Home to be adopted by Louisiana families during the 1800s. The property also displays various actual historical businesses and homes of that era which can be toured.
Written April 21, 2017
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W785VVsusanm
Lafayette, LA3 contributions
Unique experience to go back in time to visit a very historic era. Displays were educational and photos were heartwarming. My maternal grandmother rode the Orphan Train.
Written August 25, 2015
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impressed131
Bunkie, LA2 contributions
Couples
We knew about the Orphan Trains but it was only after we read the book, "From Cradle to the Grave" that we were impressed to visit the Museum. Our tour guide was a man whose grandfather had come to Louisiana on an Orphan Train. There are many pictures of those who came as orphans and some showed them when they arrived and when they became adults. The guide was so knowledgeable about the artifacts as well as the stories of the pictures. We were there about an hour and a half along with another family who had ties to an orphan. It was a very enjoyable visit and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It is very easy to locate off highway I-49 and there are other historic buildings in the same complex.
Written February 5, 2015
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Pat M
Asheville, NC111 contributions
Couples
After reading the book Orphan Train by Christina Kline, a stop at the orphan train museum in Opelousas LA was a must-do while traveling through the area. It was not a disappointment. Two direct descendants of orphans from the train were volunteering at the museum at the time we visited, and they made the history of the orphans come alive. The museum has done an excellent job of locating descendants and of displaying photos and memorabilia. In fact, one of the orphans who lived in the area and was a supporter of the museum died recently. I highly recommend this museum for those who have heard of the orphan trains and for those who will be surprised to learn of them.
Written February 3, 2015
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Louisiana Orphan Train Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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