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Your gift to the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum makes an immediate impact. You are helping provide powerful experiences to people of all ages. Your investment allows the museum to preserve and interpret an important part of Louisiana’s rural heritage.


A $200 donation will help to feed our ox, Buck, for six months. Only $100 helps to provide refreshments for children at the Rural Life Apprentice Program or with the printing and postage costs of our quarterly newsletter, Whispers of the Past.


The LSU Rural Life Museum’s mission is to provide and sustain a publicly accessible center for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the material culture, cultural landscapes and vernacular architecture of Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi River Valley.


It's your gift that helps make this possible. Your donation defrays the day-to-day expenses of making the Rural Life Museum the perfect place to build memories with your children, gain insight into the difficulties faced by your ancestors and learn why Louisianans are a unique and special people with roots from many parts of the world.


Send donations by mail to the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum P.O. Box 14852, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Gifts can be made to the annual fund, for special events or in honor or memory of someone. All gifts are fully tax deductible. You can also support the LSU Rural Life Museum through estate or planned gifts. The Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum accept credit card donations via phone. For more information, please contact Molly Sanchez, Development Director, at 225-765-2437.

Approximately 80% of the Rural Life Museum’s operating funds must be raised each year from admissions, retail sales from the Museum Gift Shop, support from the Friends of the Rural Life Museum, and donated gifts.

The British Museum voted the LSU Rural Life Museum one of the top ten outdoor museums in the world. Every day that we open our doors to the public, our costs are far beyond the revenue from admission tickets or memberships alone.

House types that are on the Rural Life Museums wish list.


Pictures are from Louisiana House Types
A Field Guide
Milton B. Newton, Jr.


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