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LSU Rural Life Museum

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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
+1 225-765-2437
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What wonderful things to see and do.

If you are in the area plan to stop here. There is so much local history on display here plus... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Charlestontourist58
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Yardville, New Jersey
South Louisiana history lesson

Well worth a stop here,makes us realize how far technology has come,lots to see.If I had 1 piece of... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2016
dreadedwarrior
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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
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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...more
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4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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+1 225-765-2437
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"slave quarters"
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"horse drawn"
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"old church"
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"step back in time"
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"authentic buildings"
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"outdoor exhibits"
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"candle making"
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"learn how"
in 3 reviews
"dog trot"
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"different buildings"
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"uncle jack"
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"nice collection"
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"old south"
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"walking trails"
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"special events"
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"interesting artifacts"
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Reviewed July 3, 2016

If you are in the area plan to stop here. There is so much local history on display here plus outside gardens and some animals. Docents are GREAT. Indoor is AC'd and W/C accessible and bathrooms.. Outside you can drive close to most of the...More

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Reviewed July 1, 2016

Well worth a stop here,makes us realize how far technology has come,lots to see.If I had 1 piece of advise,Its very hot in July....Go early in morning,or late in afternoon.

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Reviewed June 27, 2016

excellent experience for a look back to the rural days of Louisiana. Staff is very informative and Kids love it. They love the corn maze and hay rides. Lots of things to do. There is usually something happening every weekend . Easy to get to....More

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Reviewed June 18, 2016

Recently attended a wedding and reception in the gardens. It was an excellent venue. Very beautiful setting to get married.

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Reviewed June 18, 2016

We take all of our visitors to the Rural Life Museum. The museum has very interesting items that reveal the innovative determination that the people who settled South Louisiana embodied. The many buildings on the ground create a vivid depiction of life in Louisiana in...More

Thank Kathy B
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Reviewed June 10, 2016

We took a break from the French Quarter and decided to take a day trip to Baton Rouge. We spend the morning visiting several sites in downtown baton Rouge. On our way back to New Orleans we decided to stop and visit the LSU Rural...More

Thank James L
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Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Great family and educational place. Brings you back in time. I love this place and so does my daughter, who is 13. She has lived it from her toddler years.

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Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is a well thought out, careful preservation of life as it was 100 years ago. Fascinating for old and young alike. A must see glimpse into American history. Thank you LSU for preserving and displaying. Lagniappe--gift shop has most interesting items, unlike the usual...More

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Reviewed June 1, 2016

My wife and I spent about 90 minutes at this museum and learned much about the farming history of the South and the life and living conditions of the plantation slaves. There are a number of buildings (an old wooden jail brought in from Northeast...More

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Reviewed May 31, 2016

Reasonable prices to get in, very budget friendly. Nice place. Lots of history and artifacts. You could spend quite a while here! My husband and I have been several times with our kids and we would go back in a minute! Great little village set...More

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Frank & Phyllis M
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Response from Wayne E | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice parking lot there but I don’t know of any RV parks.
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Response from Hannah P | Reviewed this property |
There are no posted signs about pet policy as I recall, but there are a number of trails nearby the attraction which are definitely pet friendly with a leash...And actually, not that many people at all around in off-season... More
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Response from Susan F | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend at least 3 - 4 hours. You'll want to tour the original house, the museum and drive through the grounds.
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