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

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

September 18, 2020 - November 20, 2020
8:00am to 5:00pm

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. 

Burden children in early 20th century

Ione E. Burden Symposium
The Best of the Ione E. Burden Symposium

Saturday, September 19, 2020
8:00am to 3:00pm

Distinguished speakers will present highlights from the Symposium's 26-year history in the areas of history, gardening, architecture, and decorative arts. Registration required. Please contact the museum at 225-765-2437 to register.

Registration Fee: $40.00 per person

junior docents

Harvest Days

Saturday, October 3, 2020
8:00am to 5:00pm

Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800's.

Regular admission prices charged.




Haints Haunts and Halloween

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

Storytelling, cake walks, games, and trick or treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in while on the museum's grounds.

Admission: $5.00 per person


papa noel

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.