PLAN YOUR VISIT TO WHITNEY PLANTATION

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PLAN YOUR VISIT TO WHITNEY PLANTATION

For a full experience, we recommend that visitors plan to spend a minimum of two hours at Whitney Plantation.

HOURS & ADMISSION

Hours: 9:30am- 4:30pm. Last entry 3:00 PM. Closed Tuesdays.

Closed Tuesdays and the Following Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • National Freedom Day (February 1st)
  • Mardi Gras Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade (August 23)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Holiday Break, December 20th- 26th
ADULTS:

$25

CHILDREN 6-18:

$11

CHILDREN UNDER 6:

FREE

STUDENTS, SENIOR , MILITARY:

$23

RESIDENTS OF ST. JOHN & ST. JAMES PARISHES

FREE

ADULTS:

$32

CHILDREN 6-18:

$15

CHILDREN UNDER 6:

FREE

TOURS

GUIDED TOURS

Guided Tours are offered at 10:45am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm. They are available on a first-come, first served-basis.

SELF GUIDED TOURS

Self-guided audio tours are offered between 9:30am – 3:00pm. Arrive at any time in this window to begin  your tour.

EDUCATION TOURS

Education tours are tailored for middle and high schoolers. We serve schools, homeschools pods, scout groups, clubs, and youth groups.

LARGE GROUP TOURS

Large group tours are for groups of 20-50 people of all ages. This type of tour is well-suited for church groups, family reunions and universities.

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS

Our address is: 5099 Louisiana Hwy 18, Edgard, LA 70049

Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services do not operate near the plantation. If you take an Uber or Lyft to the museum you will not be able to return.

There are many tour operators who provide daily transit from New Orleans. If you would like to come with one of these services, you may book your tickets with them directly.

From New Orleans, Downtown: Take I-10 West towards Baton Rouge for 39.3 miles. Take the LA-641 S exit, EXIT 194 towards Gramercy. Turn left onto LA-641 S. Take the LA-18 ramp toward Edgard/Vacherie. Turn right onto LA-18/Great River Rd.

From Baton Rouge: Take I-10 East towards New Orleans. Merge onto US-61 S via EXIT 187 towards Gramercy. Turn right onto LA-641 S. Take the LA-18 ramp toward Edgard/Vacherie. Turn right onto LA-18/Great River Rd.

THE EXHIBITS:

Exhibits in the visitor center are free to the public and are open from 9:30am to 4:15pm, every day except Tuesday.

PERMANENT EXHIBITS:

The History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

This exhibit is a brief overview about the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It includes information about how the trade began, which European countries were involved, and where Africans were captured and forcibly migrated along routes of trade that extended both to the west and east of the African continent.

Slavery in Louisiana

Focused on the history of slavery in Louisiana from 1719-1865, visitors learn about all aspects of slavery in this state, including the history of the Code Noir, topics of gender, and resistance & rebellion.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Yes. We offer a self-guided audio tour on a downloadable app. You can find our app if you search for “Whitney Plantation” in the apple or android app store. The audio tour takes approximately one hour and 10 minutes, and you may stay on the grounds for longer if you like.
The audio tour is appropriate for all ages.
The audio tour lasts one hour and 10 minutes. Most visitors stay on the site for two hours, to allow time to explore on their own and visit the exhibits in the Visitor Center.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended all group tours for the remainder of 2021. We will not accept group reservations at this time.
We recommend that you dress comfortably for the weather, remembering that you will spend most of your time outside. Plan for extreme heat in the summer and cold in the winter. We give tours rain or shine, so if rain is in the forecast be prepared with an umbrella or poncho. Most of the tour is on a gravel path, so we recommend comfortable walking shoes, with closed-toe preferred but not mandatory. Bring bug spray as the grounds are home to mosquitoes, fire ants, wasps and bees.
There is plenty of parking on site, including for vehicles as large as 50-passenger tour buses and tractor-trailers. We ask that all large vehicles park on the sides of the parking lot. The parking lot has four handicapped parking spaces.
The audio tour that is available on our downloadable app contains a full transcription of every stop for deaf visitors.
Baby strollers may be used in the Visitor Center and taken through the grounds if they are able to go over gravel.
Yes, outside food is permitted. However, food is only allowed in and just outside of the Visitor’s Center. There is no food permitted on the tour or inside any of the historic structures. Guests may bring drinks on the tour.
There is not a restaurant on site, but the gift shop sells drinks and light snacks.
Backpacks, purses, and small camera bags are permitted on the tour. The Whitney Plantation does not provide luggage storage.
Whitney Plantation is a private non-profit organization without an owner. It is governed by a board of directors. The founder of the museum, John Cummings, does not own the museum.
Woodrow Nash, of Akron, Ohio is the artist responsible for the “children of Whitney” statues. The property also features art installations or paintings created by Rod Moorhead, a sculptor working in Oxford, Mississippi; Ed Wilson, of Houston,Texas; Beth Lambert of New Orleans, and Ulrika Francis of New Orleans. Elise Grenier of Grenier Conservation in Florence, Italy preserved and restored the murals in the Big House.
Several buildings are original. They include: The Big House, Overseer’s house, one pigeonnier, the plantation store, the mule barn, the kitchen, and the French barn. Two slave cabins belonged to Haydel family members on a neighboring farm – the Mialaret Plantation. They were moved along with four additional cabins from other locations along River Road. The blacksmith shop and carriage house were rebuilt according to their original designs.
Given the sensitive nature of the museum’s focus, Whitney Plantation does not allow weddings or other private events. If you have an event in mind that is in keeping with the mission and values of the museum, you may submit a request to info@whitneyplantation.org for consideration.
Service dogs with appropriate paperwork are allowed on the tour and throughout the museum. The museum does not allow pets on the tour, and there is no safe place to keep your dog during the tour. We strongly advise that you do not leave your dog in the car in the parking lot during your visit.

PHOTO & VIDEO POLICY

IMAGE USE STATEMENT

Whitney Plantation encourages media outlets and visitors to use these approved images of the buildings, grounds, memorials and collection objects as part of their coverage of the Museum. When using images please be sure to credit photographer’s name, listed in caption, anywhere the image is reproduced.

GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Personal photography is permitted in the permanent collection galleries, the grounds, and the historic structures. Flash photography is prohibited without special permission. Videotaping is not permitted on the tour.

PHOTO SHOOTS

Members of the media may photograph or film within approved areas of the museum for the purpose of news coverage. All organized photo shoots inside the museum—for news coverage, school projects, tourism programs—require an escort by a member of the communications staff. Submit a request to schedule your visit to ensure a staff member is available. Unscheduled photo shoots that cannot be staffed will be declined. Commercial photographers not commissioned by The Whitney Plantation may not conduct photo or video shoots in the museum without prior permission from staff. A fee will be charged for use of facilities and staff time. Tripods are not permitted on the tour. Wedding and engagement photography is not permitted on the grounds.

RIGHTS AND REPRODUCTIONS

Photography is permitted for private use only. Photographs may not be published, sold, or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes. Visitors may post images from their visits on personal social media sites, so long as they are not used for profit. The museum may photograph or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Attendance on museum property is implied consent for the use of visitors’ likenesses for marketing purposes. The Whitney Plantation reserves the right to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on the premises. Staff has the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography, and to enforce this Photography Policy.