Hours & Prices

Both the museum and the 25-acre Windrush Gardens, site of the Burden home, are open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round. The museum gift shop is open daily from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We are closed on:

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmay Day 

Admission Prices

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Still photographs, videotapes and audiotapes are permitted for personal use only and may not be published or used for commercial purposes.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.

 

Accessibility

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.

 

Directions

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 or MapQuest.