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“southern tour 2013”

LSU Rural Life Museum
Ranked #6 of 71 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.
Columbia Falls, Montana
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14 reviews
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“southern tour 2013”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

great place to learn about the life in the south.they have so much stuff to look at that you can't take it in in one day

Visited October 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Beautiful serene garden”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Was totally impressed with the beauty of LSU Rural Life Museum. Started the afternoon with a walk through their floral gardens and fell in love with the large variety of Rose bushes on display. They were so beautiful, I had to take as many pictures as I could. The bright, vibrant colors of each Rose petal definitely makes one appreciate and love the many wonderous things created by God. Well worth visiting and seeing on a bright sunny day. Don't forget to take a camera

Visited October 2013
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New Park, PA
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“Authentic, tranquil, wonderful”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

A real taste of life on a working plantation, augmented with houses exemplifying many styles of Louisiana architecture. The grounds of the Burden plantation are beautiful, exquisite, a refreshing walk after self-paced learning in the exhibits. We found this even better than Williamsburg or Old Sturbridge, both great places.

Visited February 2013
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“This was okay, a lot of information.”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

We went during the week and it was all self guided, I enjoy having someone talk about the history, so that was sorely missed. Other than that the exhibits were all really well done. I had been to a place similar to this years ago in Kansas and from what I remember of it, it was done a little bit better. However this is the best place I've seen in my years traveling through Baton Rouge.

Visited August 2013
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“good learning experience of Acadian Settlers' life”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

The Rural Life Museum conveniently located near the center of the Baton Rouge, just off I10 and Essen Lane. It’s easy to find, inexpensive to visit.

You can learn so much of the life of the Acadian settlers, how they constructed their buildings. Simple cabins, farm equipments, even an outhouse!__ show their rather primitive way of life. There are 30+ antique buildings, a post office, a jail, a blacksmith shop and more. If you visit this place during a festival, volunteers dressed in 18th & 19th Century outfit will greet you with a BIG smile and fill you in about the Louisiana culture as it was the past couple of hundred years. They are not hesitant to point out the slaves cabins, how poor and often mistreated they were. They had to put in long hours, hard labor. Not just the slaves, but every able man and woman had to take their fair share of the rural life’s demands.

The Civil War reenactment is great! Try to visit during that time. Rural Life Museum_ as indicated in its name_ was constructed to show the peasants’ life more than anything else with the collection of artifacts, farm equipments. History seems to come alive as you are viewing the many primitive tools, and volunteers feel you in what dangers, what kind of obstacles those first settlers in this area had to face.

I liked to roam on the ground, around the pond, marveled about the carriage, the Spanish Moss hanging down the trees. They appeared being placed on those trees on purpose. When you visit, make sure you get the story behind the Spanish Moss! If you visit with children, they can have so much fun learning a craft, how to weave baskets, how to make candles, or soaps, how to braid hair, and many more hands-on experiments available.

BEWARE NORTHERN & WESTERN VISITORS: SUMMER MONTHS ARE VERY HOT AND HUMID around here! If possible, make your visit in the spring or late fall.
Carry water bottles with you. There’s a gift shop on the premises, but so much you’ll walk in that heat from cabin to cabin, be prepared and have fun!

Visited March 2013
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