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LSU Rural Life Museum, Baton Rouge

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Discover the countryside culture of 18th- and 19th-century Louisiana at LSU Rural Life Museum, an outdoor museum on a plantation that functions as an agricultural research station. Through the barn's collection of artifacts, you'll see how influences from European and African settlers and Native Americans combined to create a rural culture. Head to the Louisiana folk architecture exhibit to see designs that imitate early settlers' construction styles. For the highlight of the attraction, explore the working plantation decorated with period furnishings. Learn about plantation life in the slave cabins, sick house, schoolhouse, forge, grist mill, and more. By using our Baton Rouge driving holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to LSU Rural Life Museum and other attractions in Baton Rouge.
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  • Very nice extensive collection of authentic rural houses and other artefacts, attractively placed in a manicured rural environment. Plus extensive equally attractive indoor exhibition, nice when the.....  more
    Very nice extensive collection of authentic rural houses and other artefacts, attractively placed in a manicured rural environment. Plus extensive equally attractive indoor exhibition, nice when the.....  more »
  • This unusual museum, set within a 25 acre park, comprises some 30 historic homes and outbuildings which illustrate the everyday living conditions of rural working classes during the 18th and 19th... 
    This unusual museum, set within a 25 acre park, comprises some 30 historic homes and outbuildings which illustrate the everyday living conditions of rural working classes during the 18th and 19th...  more »
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  • We stumbled on this museum because it was near our hotel but it was the best discovery of our trip. They have moved building here from all over Louisiana which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and filled them with authentic furniture and implements. I found each of the 32 buildings fascinating. In addition, they have two exhibit barns that are filled to the rafters with various tools, implements and objects of everyday life. They also have detailed descriptions of life in Louisiana from that era. If you like history and to actually see how people lived and scratched a living from the soil in the early days of Louisiana, then you could not have a better place to explore than this museum. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time because the longer you look the more you see.
  • We are from out of town and had never heard of this gem. The grounds and garden were absolutely beautiful! If you didn't hear the faint sounds of the freeway, you would have thought you were somewhere far away. I look forward to visiting all different times of the year to see what is seasonally blooming.

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