Your One-Stop Field Trip Destination
We’ve got it all right here for students of any age! Third grade classes and above can request a docent led tour at least two weeks prior to your planned visit. For younger students, tours are self-guided with teachers or adults along to chaperone. Students will get just the right mix of learning and fun … all in our scenic and safe experience areas.
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Teachers can utilize the Rural Life Museum to enhance social studies, cultural arts, math and science classes. The Rural Life Museum has a 19th century Plantation area, a Folk Architecture section, an Exhibit Barn, 32 historic buildings and thousands of artifacts representing the rural way of life. There is so much to see!
Who: Grades pre-K–2, Self-Guided Tours or Grades 3–12, Docent-Led Tours
When: Year round; the Rural Life Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Times: Earliest tour time is 8:00am when museum opens, and latest tour time is 4:00pm to allow for an hour long tour before museum closes at 5:00pm.
Length: 1 hour recommended for young students on self-guided tour; 1 hour recommended for formal docent-led tour; plan to stay an additional hour for older students to explore.
Cost: $8.00 per person (students, teachers and chaperones) with 2 adults admitted for free.
Reservations (Required for all school groups)
Please have the following information ready when you call:
- Number of students
- Grade of students
- Name of Contact Person
- School Address
- School phone number and alternate phone number
- E-mail address
- Number of Adults (teachers and chaperones)
Payments and Cancellations
Pre-Payment is required for some tours. To receive a refund, cancellations must be three weeks before the scheduled tour. Tours operate rain or shine.
For Pre-K–grade 2, one adult leader must accompany each group of 5 students. For grades 3–12, one adult leader must accompany each group of 10 students. Teachers and Chaperones are responsible for students’ behavior and must accompany students at all times.
Food and Drink
Food is not allowed on the Rural Life Museum grounds. Students will be asked to dispose of chewing gum upon entering the museum. Students and visitors are allowed to carry a bottle of water on their tour.
Museum Gift Shop
Teachers—discover history books, educational items and games perfect for classroom use. And students will love the toys, games and other souvenirs. Call (225) 765-2437 for more information.
The Rural Life Museum strives to provide an educational and fun museum experience for all guests. Please notify Guest Services if your group has anyone with special needs.