Rentals & Photography | Rural Life Museum

Facility Rentals & Photography

Facility Rentals 

Let the historic, natural charm of the LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens serve as the perfect backdrop for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, luncheon or other special event. Brides and corporate clients from all over the region have chosen us for a special destination location. 

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth McInnis at



Photography Sessions

The LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens are available for your portraits. Appointments are required for all photography sessions. In order to schedule a photography session, please contact Carrie Couvillon at (225)765-2437 or

Please be aware the afterhours appointments are temporarily unavailable.  Photo Sessions are only available between normal operating hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.

The following information is needed in order to schedule an appointment:

  • Date
  • Duration: Start Time and End Time of session
  • Name of Contact Person
  • Contact Person's Phone Number
  • Is a changing room needed? There is only 1 changing room available, so a reservation is required for its use.
  • Type of Session: Bridal, Engagement, Family, Maternity, Senior or After Wedding portraits
  • Location: Rural Life Museum grounds, Windrush Gardens or Both
  • Name of Photographer

The changing room is reserved only for wardrobe changes. Please arrive with hair and make-up already done.  

Prices (per Session/Client)

Rural Life Museum - $70.00
Windrush Gardens - $70.00
Both Museum and Gardens - $140.00

Since photography sessions are dependent upon the weather, all sessions are paid the day of your appointment at the LSU Rural Life Museum's gift shop.

The Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens is located at 4560 Essen Lane. After driving through the front gate on Essen Lane, continue driving 1.5 miles back on the property.  All RLM and Windrush Garden photography sessions need to be purchased at the museum's front desk/gift shop area.