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Address: 4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
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+1 225-765-2437
08:30 - 17:00
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Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum...

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.

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Great Museum

We loved this museum. Inside I was really surprised at how much they had to see. Very interesting items and information from Louisiana's past. On the grounds, there were old... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2015
Sherrie C
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Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

We loved this museum. Inside I was really surprised at how much they had to see. Very interesting items and information from Louisiana's past. On the grounds, there were old homes, a sick house, commissary, school and much more. My favorite was the old church. If you are interested in this type of thing, you should definitely check it out.

Thank Sherrie C
Baton Rouge
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Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

Three couples in 50-60's. Went back in time while looking at cultural period artifacts inside and historical buildings outside museum. Rural life in Louisiana in 1800's and Plantation era. Lives of black and white. A 2-3 hr visit was just enough time for an overview; reasonable cost. Took additional time on other 1- 2 hr visits to tour surroundings: rose,... More 

1 Thank terrysn
Nelson, Canada
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

Many buildings from the bad old days in the South. Descriptions are a bit sparse but adequate. Big barn with old carriages, familiar to anyone anywhere who has seen museums from that era. We were fascinated by the sugar production process of that time, and by the homes typical of varying classes.

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Reviewed 28 October 2015

We love to take guests to see the Rural Life Museum. In the past several years, additions and upgrades have been made to this museum. It is such a wonderful historical treasure for Baton Rouge.

1 Thank Joann D
Lethbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 24 October 2015

Very informative and interesting. Was able to proceed at our own pace and see it all. I would recommend this museum

1 Thank 1Cubralibre
Bandera, Texas
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

This is a great museum with lots of things to look at. My husband and I spent a couple hours here but you could easily spend a lot more time looking and reading everything. Some of the pictures posted here have people dressed in time-period clothing and maybe having some time of demonstrations but we didn't see anything like that.... More 

1 Thank Misty D
Kamloops, Canada
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

our tour group stopped here for 2 hours, and it was almost enough time to see most of it. this is an outstanding collection of artifacts, and pretty much everything else you can think of, from the history of the area. We did not get a chance to wander the gardens or all of the grounds. Its such a huge... More 

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Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

This is a hidden gem just off Essen Rd, I couldn't believe just how big and beautiful it was, especially considering where it is located! We have known about this place for some time and when we had some visitors in from out of town who are interested in history and how people once lived we couldn't pass up on... More 

1 Thank RamiGee
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Fascinating place in the middle of town. A green oasis and worth a look. you can see how the common people lived in the plantation era.

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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Lots of things to see here. Allow a few hours for this one. If you like history, this is a good site. When I was here there no re-enactors on the property. So it was not well suited for small children.

1 Thank William T

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