LSU Rural Life Museum is Now Open
The LSU Rural Life Museum is now open during regular business hours and admission prices are charged. In accordance with LSU directives, local, state and federal requirements the LSU Rural Life Museum is taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19. For updates, please check our website and social media channels, and for university updates please visit www.lsu.edu/coronavirus.
Hours & Prices
The Rural Life Museum's Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The historic outbuildings on the museum's grounds and Windrush Gardens are open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The museum's gift shop is open daily from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
We are closed on:
- New Year's Day
- Easter Sunday
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
Includes the barn and 32 historic buildings within the museum complex.
|Adults (ages 12-61 years)||$10|
|Children (ages 6-11 years)||$8|
|Children under 6 years||Free|
|Senior Citizens (age 62 and over)||$9|
|LSU Faculty, Staff & Students||$9|
|Organized School Groups (with reservations)||$8|
Windrush Gardens (Not included in Museum tour fee) is $3 per guest.
Photography & Videotaping
Still photographs, videotapes and audiotapes are permitted for personal use only and may not be published or used for commercial purposes. Please see the Photography Sessions page for further information on rates and fees for professional and amateur photography appointments.
Things to Remember
Guide and assistance dogs are welcome; other pets are not permitted*. Picnicking is not allowed on Museum grounds.
*Pet mules, oxen and chickens are always welcome.
The LSU Rural Life Museum welcomes guests with special needs. The Museum Barn, Gift Shop and restrooms are fully accessible to handicapped guests. Our Museum Barn includes indoor exhibits which feature many artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.
Handicapped and senior citizen parking is available close to the Museum Barn. Half of the historic outbuildings are accessible by wheelchair. Buildings and walkways are authentic to the 18th and 19th century, which may impose certain restrictions on our guests.
Special assistance can be requested at the Admissions Desk.
Driving east on I-10 towards New Orleans: Exit #160 (Essen Lane); bear right onto Essen Lane; at the first traffic signal turn right to enter the grounds of the LSU Burden Research Plantation/Rural Life Museum; follow the black-top road 1.5 miles to the museum.
Driving west on I-10 towards Baton Rouge: Exit #160 (Essen Lane); turn left onto Essen Lane at the traffic signal; go under the interstate overpass; at the second traffic signal turn right to enter the grounds of the LSU Burden Research Plantation/Rural Life Museum; follow the black-top road 1.5 miles to the museum.
Museum Parking is free.
Get driving directions from Google Maps.