LSU Rural Life Museum

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The LSU Rural Life Museum is a museum of Louisiana history in Baton Rouge, USA.[1] It is located on the Burden Plantation, a 40-acre (160,000 m2) agricultural research experiment station, and is operated by Louisiana State University. As a state with a diverse cultural ancestry, Louisiana has natives of French, Spanish, Native American, German, African, Acadian, and Anglo American heritage.[2]

The Rural Life Museum commemorates the contributions made by its various cultural groups through interpretive programs and events throughout the year, and is divided into three areas.[3]

  • The Barn houses numerous artifacts from the 19th century that were utilized in the common life rituals of individuals in rural regions of the state. There is a large collection of farming equipment, tools, furnishings and utensils.
  • The Working Plantation is designed to replicate life during the 19th century with authentic furnishings and day-to-day activities. The complex buildings include a commissary, overseer's house, kitchen, slave cabins, sick house, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, sugar house, and grist mill.
  • The Louisiana Folk Architecture exhibits many buildings that are reflective of the state’s early settlers' construction styles. The structures include a country church, pioneer's cabin, Carolina cabin, shotgun house, Acadian house, and dogtrot house.

Windrush gardens and a gift shop are on the grounds and open year round except for major holidays. Guided tours are available, but should be booked in advance if it is a group of ten or more.



  1. ^ "LSU Rural Life Museum". Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  2. ^ "LSU Rural Life Museum". Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  3. ^ "History Comes Alive at the LSU Rural Life Museum". Retrieved 2015-05-02. 

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