LSU Rural Life Museum is Open

Updated: October 12, 2020

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



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Discover Louisiana's Rural Past

The LSU Rural Life Museum is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of materials from the cultures of 18th and 19th century rural Louisianans.  Through the forethought and generosity of the Burden Family, the LSU Rural Life Museum remains intact for future generations.  The purpose of the Rural Life Museum is to increase appreciation of our heritage and the way of life of our ancestors, their hardships, toils, visions, inspiration, and determination by preserving the architecture and artifacts from our rural past.

The LSU Rural Life Museum holds the largest collection of Louisiana vernacular architecture and the most extensive collection of material culture items from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The museum includes 32 historic outbuildings that spread over 25 acres and are divided into four sections:  the Working Plantation, the Upland South Region, the Gulf Coast Region, and an Exhibit Barn.

The tour of the LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens is a self-guided tour.  The museum is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm, closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  A tour of the museum takes a minimum of 2 hours.  A tour of Windrush Gardens takes about 30-45 minutes. 

Admission is charged for both the LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens, please see our Hours and Prices page for rates.

Upcoming Events

The LSU Rural Life Museum provides insight into the largely forgotten lifestyles and cultures of the 18th and 19th century Louisianans.  The museum has numerous special events and interpretive programs throughout the year. Our events have something for everyone. 

Do you enjoy tea?  In February, the museum hosts an afternoon tea event called Tea, Fashion and Fancies

Would you like to go to a beer tasting event that has over 250 varieties of home-brewed beer and ale?  Zapp's International Beerfest is in the spring.  Guests must be 21 years or older in order to attend and a proper ID is required.

Do you want to watch a living history demonstration? The museum has Louisiana Sew and Sow in the spring and Harvest Days in the autumn.

Are you looking for something for the whole family to enjoy around the holidays?  The LSU Rural Life Museum has Haints, Haunts and Halloween in October and A Rural Life Christmas in December.

For information on the latest event schedule, please see our Special Event page.

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Educational Opportunities

The LSU Rural Life Museum is not only here for your school field trip.  Think of us as an extension of the classroom.  Professors and teachers are welcome to bring their class out to the museum for a day of instruction.  The museum offers opportunities for teachers to provide their students with first-hand visuals (not just pictures in a text book) of Louisiana Rural Vernacular Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Louisiana History, Cultural History, Agriculture, Archaeology, and more.

The museum now has its own YouTube channel that provides numerous videos.  Our channel has a "How To" series that has different living history demonstrations like how to make molded beeswax candles.  It also has a "What is It?" series that explains various unique artifacts found around the museum. 

For your class's day at the LSU Rural Life Museum, please contact us at (225) 765-2437 to make a reservation.