Rural Life Museum: Field Trips
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We’ve got it all right here for students of any age! Third grade classes and above can request a docent led tour. Just contact the Rural Life Museum Admissions Services Desk at (225) 765-2437 at least two weeks prior to your planned visit. For younger students, tours are self-guided with teachers or adults along to chaperone.

Students will get just the right mix of learning and fun … all in our scenic and safe experience areas.


Self-Guided or Docent-Led Tours
“Knowing the Past Betters the Future” at one of the top outdoor museums in the world. Choose your own adventure at the Rural Life Museum! With the 19th century Plantation area, the Folk Architecture section, The Exhibit Barn, 32 historic buildings and thousands of artifacts representing the rural way of life, there's so much to see!

Teachers can utilize the Rural Life Museum to enhance social studies, cultural arts, math and science classes. Museum docents and staff are currently working to design a specialized tour to assist 4th grade classes with the L.E.A.P. testing. More information will be available in the future on Standards to assist students and teachers.

Who: Grades pre-K–2 – Self-Guided Tours
Who: Grades 3–12 – Docent-Led Tours
Year round; the Rural Life Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Times: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Groups scheduled every 15 minutes.
Length: 1 hour recommended for young students on self-guided tour; 1 hour recommended for formal docent-led tour; plan to stay an additional hour for older students to explore.
Cost: Admission
2 Adults get in free.

Reservations are required for all school group tours; call (225) 765-2437.

Please have the following information ready when you call:
  • Number of students
  • School address
  • School & alternate phone number
  • E-mail
  • Grade of students
Payment & Cancellations
Pre-payment is required for some tours. To receive a refund, cancellations must be made three weeks before the scheduled tour. Tours operate rain or shine.
Group leaders
For Pre-K–grade 2, one adult leader must accompany each group of 5 students.
For grades 3–12, one adult leader must accompany each group of 10 students.

Group leaders are responsible for students' behavior and must accompany students at all times.

Food and Drinks
Food is not allowed on the Rural Life Museum grounds. Students will be asked to dispose of chewing gum upon entering the museum. Students and visitors are allowed to carry a bottle of water on their tour.

Museum Shop
Teachers—discover history books, educational items and games perfect for classroom use. And students will love the toys, games and other souvenirs.
Call (225) 765-2437 for more information.

The Rural Life Museum strives to provide an educational and fun museum experience for all guests. Please notify Guest Services if your group has anyone with special needs.
The Rural Life Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Baton Rouge. See a map.
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