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“Surrounded by Burden Gardens”

LSU Rural Life Museum
Ranked #6 of 68 things to do in Baton Rouge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 daily lives of these early settlers.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Surrounded by Burden Gardens”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Not only is the LSU Rural Life Museum fascinating enough with its incredible collection of Louisiana artifacts, structures and memorabilia,it is surrounded by Burden Center- LSU AGcenter, a 440 acre home to a wide variety of agricultural projects.The center is also a member of the All-America Selections national network of display gardens for roses, other flowers and vegetables.Great place for photos and general well-being!No fee for gardens.Museum fee for Rural Life Museum and grounds.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank kentwpotts
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English first
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161 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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“Baton Rouge Rural Life Museum”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Old buildings moved here in the middle of LSU Agricultural Center live crops, with fine museum and gardens.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank LaPaj
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“A Hidden Surprise!”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

The LSU Rural Life Museum is awesome for family fun and learning. I have visited the Rural Life Museum several times and like to bring out of town guests there. Everyone always enjoys the experience. My firm had a party there this summer and it was fabulous!!!

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Rebecca A
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 reviews
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“Stepping Back in History”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

I liked the authenticity of the LSU RUral Life Museum. I had the wonderful experience of going to a fundraiser dinner there and enjoyed every minute. I have visited 3 or 4 times in past few years.

2 Thank Cynthia S
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Long Beach, CA
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“Rural Life Indoor/Outdoor Museum (LSU)”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

What a surprise and treasure! Located just a few miles south of Baton Rouge downtown is a 40-acre 'natural' set-aside dedicated to preserving a slice of Louisiana's rich 19th century (1860's post American Civil War) agricultural heritage.

In several authentic period structures hundreds (nay--more like thousands) of artifacts are collected and displayed. Most prominent are tools of the period; however, funeral carriages were very impressive and numerous as were furnishings of the time.

There are quite a few structures saved from that era: the company store (commissary); overseer's cabin; slave quarters; barn; Acadien cabin; church, dovecoats; and bayou cabin more typical of the German settlers--more than I can count. All are well preserved with appropriate period furnishings and wonderful descriptive plaques. Placement of buildings is great for photo taking.

Windrush (the manor house) is set aside from the main museum. Its gardens are beautiful and well maintained though much smaller than at other historic plantation sites (such as those in St.Francisville).

Well worth the price of admission (which is modest)--very well worth the time (at least an hour to as much as a person wants).

Visited December 2012
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