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Whitney Plantation Museum
Whitney Plantation Museum

Whitney Plantation Museum

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560 Reviews
5099 LA-18, Wallace, Louisiana

The Basics

The plantation site, on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992, includes a stately plantation home and a number of historic outbuildings. While the visitors center museum exhibits are self-guided, the other plantation buildings—including the French Creole–style Big House, slave quarters, and a church—can only be visited by 90-minute guided tour, included with admission. The poignant exhibits and memorials help visitors see the stark contrast of the lives of slaves and slave-owners in pre-Civil War Louisiana. Most travelers see the Whitney Plantation has part of an extensive plantation tour from New Orleans.

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Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Spring Break
Carlan_M, Sep 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Our tour guide was the so patient, kind and knowledgeable! I highly suggest using this company if you are considering touring. Whitney plantation was so REAL , so RAW! Covid 19 guidelines adhered to! Went with teenagers and they loved it and were engaged in excursion! Thank you
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Powerful experience
Shannon_P, Aug 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
Whitney Plantation was awesome. I will visit again when the tour guides can do the tour post Covid. The tour App that you can download doesn’t do it justice. Our driver/tour guide was very informative.
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A lot to digest
msepter1107, Apr 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
Excellent and a lot to digest! It was self-guided due to COVID, but there were a few people scattered on the tour to help with questions. Take the time to listen to the app narration and read the displays.
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Alot of history
Ronald_J, Aug 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
Very informative! We learned and saw a lot about what happened on the plantation. Highly recommend..
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Awakening
Shantae_L, Aug 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Love the stories and the ability to really showcase the history and challenges that the enslaved had to go through! History should never be forgotten or erased!
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Incredible time
Rachel_B, Aug 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
Not only was the plantation an incredibly memorable experience, but our tour guide Brian was phenomenal. He was extremely hospitable and told some great jokes along the way. He was extremely accommodating to everyone’s situations on the bus! Besides that, the tour itself will remain with me for a lifetime. I highly recommend this experience through Crescent City Tours.
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Whitney Plantation Tour
Patrick_H, Aug 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
Our tour-guide John was outstanding. He even gave an insightful narrative of New Orleans on the hour-long bus trip to the plantation. And the plantation-tour was very moving- it was a self-guided audio-tour which allowed you to go at your own pace. The bus was very nice, too. I highly recommend this tour!
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plantation
RICHARD_C, Aug 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
My wife and I were in New Orleans and looking for something to do while on vacation. W e purchased Tickets to the Whitney planation and had a great experience. The self paced tour with audio device provided allowed us to listen in real time to stories provided. I strongly recommend the visit to anyone interested in leaning who slaves were treated during slavery.
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Great experience
Matthew_K, Aug 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
The entire experience was interesting and memorable. Brian was a great driver and made the bus ride seem very short. The tour itself was a remarkable and eye opening experience.
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Slavery was not as pretty as Gone with the Wind's portrayal
Rebecca_A, Jun 2021
Whitney Plantation and Large Airboat Tour
I had wanted to go on this tour for awhile, working on research of slave history. This included lots of stories and not a glamorize plantation experience. 1 1/2 hr. Was just right. Intro in gift shop was very well done. Loved the sculptures of the children.
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Very Educational
Annagid_W, Aug 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
It was very educational. I was expecting a tour guide and not going by an app on my phone but still overall it enjoyed it.
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Great tour
Cathy_S, May 2021
Whitney Plantation and Large Airboat Tour
Brian was a very entertaining host, welcoming and friendly. His guests are very important to him. The Whitney Plantation was so educational and moving. So many facts and stories. The airboat tour was a lot of fun. Very relaxing, and got to see swamp critters.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Guided tours of the plantation site are included with admission; self-guided tours are not permitted.

  • Whitney Plantation tours are 90 minutes long; plan to spend about two hours onsite.

  • Dress for the weather, bring water, and wear closed-toe walking shoes.

  • Although children under 6 enter for free, some tour material may be unsuitable for kids.

  • The visitors center is accessible to those with limited mobility; the second floor of the Big House is not. There are gravel paths throughout the plantation.

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How to Get There

The Whitney Plantation is located in Wallace, Louisiana, 46 miles (74 kilometers) northwest of New Orleans. Group and private tours offer round-trip transportation from New Orleans, while ride-sharing applications are not readily available in the area.

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When to Get There

The Whitney Plantation is open year-round but closed on Tuesdays and on New Year's Day, Mardi Gras, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

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Understanding Louisiana’s Dark History Through Art at the Whitney Plantation

Words and art are used at the Whitney Plantation to honor the lives of the slaves who worked and died there. Throughout the site areThe Children of Whitney, life-sized sculptures of slave children by American artist Woodrow Nash. In the Field of Angels exhibit, the 2,200 children who died under slavery in Louisiana are commemorated, with their names listed on granite. Names of Whitney Plantation slaves are recorded with their ages and skills on the Wall of Honor, and in the AllèesGwendolyn Midlo Hall, the names of all 107,000 people recorded in the Louisiana Slave Database line 18 walls, along with quotes and pictures from the time of slavery.

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