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Whitney Plantation Museum
Whitney Plantation Museum

Whitney Plantation Museum

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515 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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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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Sobering and Heavy
Erika_J, Mar 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
Due to COVID, we had a virtual experience via the Whitney Museum app. Despite this I found it to be a sobering experience. Even the area we traveled towards to get to the plantation felt heavy. I would love to go back with a proper tour guide that makes the experience more personal. I enjoyed it!
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Whitney Plantation tour
Arariv, Jul 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
Brian was amazing, has a great personality very knowledgeable and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour.
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Great tour
Lura_K, Jul 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
Brain was an amazing tour guide. Very knowledgeable about the city and shared on the tour guide.my wife and I had a great time really enjoyed the tour laughed the whole time.
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Very educational
Nila_D, Jul 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
I thought it would have had more, but it was still good very educational. I would recommend a portable fan and a umbrella to block the sun. Everything is outside mostly.
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Unforgettable experience
Kerri_C, Jul 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
The transportation was very comfortable and the driver was very friendly. The plantation was very informative and emotional. I took my son and we both had an unforgettable experience
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Awesome learning experience tour!
Margaret_S, Jul 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
The slave quarters, the stories of the horrible treatment the slaves suffered, the above ground graves, but especially the stories of those precious children.
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Whitney Plantation Tour
Michelle_C, Jun 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
It was one of the best tours I have ever done . The tour guide,Giselle was wonderful ! She was very knowledgeable .The subject matter of the tour is sensitive and she was very empathetic and caring. I was hesitant to take the tour being a black women but it was worth it.
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Whitney and St Joseph plantation tours
Erinn_G, Jun 2021
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Tours by Isabelle is tour company we used. Our tour guide Giselle was amazing. Both plantations that we visited gave us a real history lesson. This is great tour to do if you plan on going to New Orleans.
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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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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.
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Great trip
Cheryl_L, Jul 2021
Whitney Plantation Tour
The bus driver was excellent and very punctual. The tour was very interesting. It was nice to be able to go at your own pace and download the app on your phone

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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