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Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Very Interesting and Lovely Staff

Had heard of and read a book about the Orphan Trains that took orphaned children from the New York... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2017
Woodstock, Vermont
Interesting history!

Museum tells story and displays memorabilia of the the thousands of orphaned children brought by... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2017
Fort Wayne IN
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1 week ago
“Not what it could be.....”
Jun 12, 2017
“Wish we would have gotten here earlier!”
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223 S Academy St, Opelousas, LA 70570-7318
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I grew up hearing so many stories of the orphan train coming to Southwest Louisiana but I was disappointed in visiting this museum. The docent was quiet and could not always understand us and didn’t have answers to many of our questions. The museum itself...More

1  Thank NegrilAnnie
Reviewed June 12, 2017

Just got to see the outside of the building. They had closed early for the day, I guess they were not expecting anyone else to show up. It was close to closing time.

2  Thank JIMMY P
Reviewed May 2, 2017

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...More

3  Thank Travelcrow
Reviewed April 21, 2017

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...More

2  Thank kissinkousin
Reviewed February 27, 2017

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.

2  Thank SKWKS
Reviewed July 26, 2016

Very nice large museum highlighting a relatively unknown historical event, the bringing of many orphan children from the New York area to Opelousas area many years ago. Interesting exhibits and well-versed staff.

1  Thank Francis J
Reviewed May 8, 2016

Went to the museum expecting a sad story of mistreated orphans. I was VERY WRONG. There is a history there........that says a lot. Some of the children went to rich families.......and others went to families......and worked. But........in that time......children worked on farms. My Grandparents worked...More

1  Thank meanymer
Reviewed August 25, 2015

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.

2  Thank W785VVsusanm
Reviewed July 26, 2015

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...More

3  Thank Dave C
Reviewed February 5, 2015

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...More

1  Thank impressed131
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Maxene S
August 28, 2015|
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Response from LaOrphanTrainMuseum | Property representative |
The fall is a wonderful time to visit Louisiana. We'd love to meet you and hear about your father. The standard ticket price is $5 per person, or $3 for large groups.