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“Very authentic and realistic looking”

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.
Grand Forks, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very authentic and realistic looking”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

We had a great time here, the buildings have been left as authentic as possible, which we really appreciated. We watched an 8 minute film first to acquaint ourselves with the grounds and history, then went for a walk outside to see all the buildings. We could have easily stayed there all afternoon and not run out of things to see.

Visited February 2014
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New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
336 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“So much to see and think about”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

This wonderful collection of buildings and artifacts is impressive. Little restoration has been done; the buildings are pretty much as they were found when the museum took possession of them. Still, you can use your imagination and think about what it was like to live and work in these buildings in rural Louisiana. An overseer's house, a mill, slave quarters, a Cajun farmhouse, a church, and others. Plus lots and lots of artifacts: carriages, hearses, tools, etc.; it's all a bit overwhelming but educational and enjoyable at the same time. Helpful, friendly staff.

Visited January 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good even in the cold”
Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Lots of cool old equipment and antiques. Inside of museum was well sign-posted, but outside buildings could use more better information signs or volunteers. For the price, an afternoon well spent.

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1 Thank Jennifer H
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Baton Rouge
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Just marvelous!”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

One of the serious DO NOT MISS attractions in Baton Rouge--a chance to get a real (and complicated) feeling for the difficult past. Easy to get to, inexpensive, educational and refreshing: a gem.

Visited April 2013
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West palm beach Florida
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64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“December Visit”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

We really enjoyed this museum. It would have been better if there were guides at each house to better explain abouth the house and its users. If you are handicapped and use a wheelchair at is very difficult to get around except for the inside museum. You may want to skip the outside facilities but the you miss half of the museum.

Visited December 2013
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