Special Events | Rural Life Museum


LSU Rural Life Museum is Now Open

Updated: June 5, 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. All special events listed below are subject to these requirements in regards to COVID-19 recovery.  For updates, please check our website and social media channels, and for university updates please visit www.lsu.edu/coronavirus.


Steele Burden on steps on Bell Grove

50th Anniversary Exhibition Series - A Yardman's Art: the Inspiration of Steele Burden

September 18, 2020 - November 20, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This exhibition will explore Steele Burden's sculpture, paintings and use of art to enhance the themes of the LSU Rural Life Museum.

Regular admission prices charged.

Candles hanging to dry

Rural Life Alive!

Wednesdays and Fridays in October and November 2020
10:00am to 2:00pm each day

Due to Hurricane Zeta, the smokehouse demonstration on Wednesday, October 28 is postponed.

Get out in the fresh fall air and experience the ways of the distant past with "Rural Life Alive!"  Interactive artisans will be demonstrating our Louisiana ancestors' crafts of blacksmithing, candle making, hunting and trapping, tatting, rug making, corn shelling and grinding and other lifeways.  This is a great low-tech outdoor activity for days when online school is not in session.

Program Schedule with Dates and Activities

Regular admission prices charged.

Child playing pin the nose on the pumpkin

Haints Haunts and Halloween

Sunday, October 25, 2020
3:00pm to 6:00pm

Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned country fair.  Storytelling, cake walks, games, and a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt are some of the activities kids will be able to participate in while on the museum's grounds.  Recommended for children aged 2 to 9 years old.  Costumes are optional, but face masks are required.

Admission: $5.00 per person


Rooster Painting

Red Rooster Online Auction: "Experience Rural Life"

Thursday, November 12 through Monday, November 30, 2020

Some items included in auction:

  • An evening at "Wine & Windrush Gardens Tours"
  • "Open Hearth Creations Supper"
  • "Blacksmithing and Bourbon Tasting"
  • "Twilight Gathering" under the Oak Alley
  • "Back Yard Flora" arranging class

All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum.  A link that will lead guests to the online auction site will be coming soon.


Papa Noel and Flash

A Rural Life Christmas

Sunday, December 6, 2020
10:00am to 5:30pm

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration. At dusk, the bonfire will be lit and Papa Noel will make an appearance.

Admission Prices: $10.00 per person with ages 10 years and younger admitted at no charge.