Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum
4.5
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
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Andrea F
Metairie, LA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Located on Le Vieux Village property, this museum outlines the children who were brought down from New York as there were so many who were born to unwed mothers, parents who could not afford to keep their children for one reason or another and they were getting crowded at the asylums. The sisters at the Catholic Church set up homes for the children, not as an adoption officially, but with homes that would treat them as their own and then checked in annually to ensure they were being treated properly, which for the late 1800s and early 1900s is an amazing thing. No pictures are allowed to be taken inside due to the privacy of the families and the stigma of taking in orphans at that time. The lady working was full of information and gave a lot of information about the children involved and what happened as they grew up. This is only one city of many that children were brought to. To see the clothing and hear the stories was just amazing. I highly recommend this to anyone in the area.
Written June 18, 2023
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NSouth
Gretna, LA617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • 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, IL2,266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • 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
Kansas22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 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.
Written February 27, 2017
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Travelcrow
Woodstock, VT928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • 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, LA154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • 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, MO270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • 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, IN76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014
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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Bunkie, LA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • 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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