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“a rare find along the Mississippi river”

National Hansen's Disease Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Carville
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Owner description: The museum tells the story of the leprosy quarantine hospital developed on site and operated, first by the state of Louisiana, and then the U.S. Public Health Service. Exhibits and self-guided audio tours available. History covered spans 1894 to the present. NOTE: There are no longer any patients on site. Hansen's disease (leprosy) is now treated as an out-patient disease.
Reviewed September 30, 2013

The museum gives us a peek into the daily living arrangements & history of the patients from the 1800's to the present time. Also, patient authored books, pictures, memorabilia, medical equipment, films and a very knowledgeable curator make this place a must-visit-rare-gem-piece of history! I bring out-of-state family members here; all, incl. the kids have enjoyed it!

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Quarantined for Life (or most of it) was the pronouncement for those who had Leprosy. Sent to Carville, Americas only Leprosarium, patients esentially dropped off the face of the earth because it was so isolated that few could ever visit thier relatives. A complete town developed within the fences of the Hospital. Still in a complete backwater by the Mississippi River, Carville is meticoulsy preserved and is beautiful. There is a gem of a museum that explains the cause and treatment of Leprosy (now Hanson's Disease). the history of the facility, the patients and the eveloution of the facility. Thanks to the discovery of a cure at Carville people with Hansen's disease no longer must be quarantined but can live with out-patient treatment. The curator is very helpful and knowledgeable and conducts tours, call 225-642-1950 to find the times. Admission is free.
The Hospital is now a LA National Guard facility and you must show I.D. to enter. It is checked, so if you are on the terrorist watch list-don't go.

Thank Perry000
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

This area is now managed by the LA Military so you are required to show identification to the guards in order to enter the grounds.The museum itself, is very small and housed in the original dining area. The curator answered many questions we had about the establishment and the buildings located on the grounds. We took the self guided driving tour which is narrated through your phone. It gave the history of the original plantation, hospital, the infirmary, jail and cemetery. The museum displays items used in the research of the disease as well as items used for the help to those afflicted. Pictures and stories of the patients and staff are displayed. You are also able to view how a patient's room was furnished in the 40's. We were even able to meet one of the six remaining residents and listen to his own stories about his life of 85 years! Very informative and worthwhile.

Thank CarlG505
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Very informative museum on a topic we were previously pretty ignorant about. The museum curator gives tours, that we arrived too late for. She answered a number of our questions informally. Next time we will plan to get there for the tour.

Thank aubri9
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Beautiful grounds. Stately oaks. A quite place to learn about a well kept secret. A nice museum. My 12 year old was bored to tears but the adults enjoyed the history.

Thank SuzieW2
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