Special Events | Rural Life Museum







Rural Life Apprentice Program

Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 8, 2018
8:00am until 12:30pm each day


Many children from grades 4th through 8th will become 'apprentices' for this week long educational experience.  Skilled Louisiana artisans along with the museum's Junior Docents will introduce children to 19th century traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tintype photography and making blueprints, early textiles processes, to everyday domestic skills and more. Each day, the apprentices will be able to participate, create and bring home what they personally made. By the end of the week, smiles are guaranteed on all the young apprentices as well as our own. The Louisiana artisans and the Rural Life Museum staff are looking forward to another successful Apprentice Program. Register early!

Please contact: Steve Ramke at 225-765-2437 ext. 204 or sramke@lsu.edu.

You can download the registration form HERE.



 Harvest Days

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7, 2018
8:00am until 5:00pm both days


Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800's.  Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and other 19th century duties.  Activities will include cooking, soap making, boat building and wagon rides.  Regular admission prices charged.



Haints Haunts and Halloween: A Rural Life Fall Fair

Sunday, October 28, 2018
:30pm until 6:30pm

Wear Your Costumes!

Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old fashioned country fair.  Activities include: storytelling, face painting, wagon rides, and historic games. Refreshments available for sale: popcorn balls, ginger cookies, etc. This event concludes with a safe and scenic venue for trick-or-treating with old fashioned treats.

Admission: $5.00 per person. Recommended for children ages 2-9 years. Children under 2 admitted free.





 Red Rooster Bash

Thursday, November 8, 2018


LSU Rural Life Museum will host a silent and live auction with numerous auction items, lively music and a delicious barbecue fare.  Red roosters will be immersed throughout the decor.  Guests will also enjoy a cocktail hour, featuring the famous "Red Rooster" frozen drink.

Proceeds help support the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum.  Tickets are $65 per person, $120.00 per couple or $600.00 reserved tables of 8 people registering together.

For more information, please contact Molly Sanchez at (225) 765-2437.






A Rural Life Christmas

Sunday, December 2, 2018
12:30pm until 6:00pm


Ring in the Holiday season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration at the LSU Rural Life Museum.  Decorations with natural trimmings representative of special times of long ago will be displayed throughout the museum's grounds.  Seasonal activities such a musical groups, demonstrating artisans, open-hearth cooking, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will present during this event.

Admission: $10.00 per person. Children 10 years and younger are admitted for free. 

This event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel!