Adult Tour Groups

Guides are available for groups of 10 or more, and require an appointment with at least two weeks advanced notice.  Please contact Carrie Couvillon at (225) 765-2437 or to schedule a docent led tour.  


School Tours

If you are looking for school tour information, please contact Carrie Couvillon at (225) 765-2437 or


International Tour Groups

Guides are available for International Groups.  Docent-led French, German, Italian and Spanish tours are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more. Docent-led tours are also available by appointment for other international groups of 10 or more, but an interpreter will need to come with the group.


Frequently Asked Questions 

What will my group do at the Rural Life Museum?

Be ready for fun and excitement as you visit the Rural Life Museum.


When are the Barn and historic outbuildings open?

From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 360 days a year. Closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Will I need a tour guide?

Your visit is self-guided. Upon your arrival, we will supply you with maps to help you select which areas to visit and how long to spend in each area. The Rural Life Museum staff is available, if you have questions or need assistance.


How long should I allow for my group visit?

Allow at least two hours for your visit, although there is plenty to do if you stay longer. Groups with very young children may want to spend less time.


How many adults should I bring with my youth group?

For ages 6-12, we recommend at least one adult for every ten children; for ages 2-6, at least one adult for every five children.


Should my group bring extra money for purchases?

The Museum Gift Shop has many kid-friendly items, including toys and small souvenirs.


Are there any special events my group can attend?

Along with the everyday experience at the LSU Rural Life Museum, there are special events year-round.


Where is the LSU Rural Life Museum and how do I get there?

The museum is located at 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Essen Lane is I-10 exit 160.


Someone in my group has special needs—what should I expect?

The Rural Life Museum strives to provide a fun and educational experience for guests of all abilities. The Museum Barn, Gift Shop and restrooms are fully accessible by wheelchair. Half of the historic outbuildings are accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchairs are available at the Admissions Desk at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please notify us in advance before you arrive, if your group has anyone with special needs.


How do I make a reservation?

Advance reservation is required for a docent-led tours of ten or more. Registration is easy using any of the following methods:

  • In Person - Admission Services office daily 8:00am-5:00pm
  • By Phone - (225) 765-2437
  • By Mail - LSU Rural Life Museum Attn: Admission Services P. O. Box 80498 Baton Rouge, LA 70898
  • By Fax  - 225-765-2639


When and how do I pay?

Full payment for admission is made on day of your visit or, if applicable, in advance. Payment in one transaction by credit card or cash is required.  Business checks for tour groups are allowed. Personal checks are not allowed unless check holder is a current Louisiana resident.  For business checks that are premade, please be aware that cash change will not be given for any check made out for more than the number of guests in attendance. 


Where do I unload and park when I get to the LSU Rural Life Museum?

If arriving by bus, ask the driver to follow the signs for bus parking. Guests may depart the bus and enter in front of the Museum Barn entrance. If arriving in cars or vans, free parking is available in front of the Museum Entrance.


Where do I check in?

Send one adult leader directly to the Museum Admissions Desk to check in with the group greeter or to make final payment. Your leader should be prepared with an exact count of youth and of adults. The leader will be given a receipt for admission, along with maps for the adults. You will take your group through the Barn Museum exhibits and outdoors to the historic outbuildings. If your group has requested a docent-led tour, your leader will coordinate with a team of docents throughout the tour.