For a full experience, we recommend that visitors plan to spend a minimum of two hours at Whitney Plantation.
Hours: 9:30am- 4:30pm. Last entry 3:00 PM. Closed Tuesdays.
Guided Tours are offered at 10:45am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm. They are available on a first-come, first served-basis.
Self-guided audio tours are offered between 9:30am – 3:00pm. Arrive at any time in this window to begin your tour.
Education tours are tailored for middle and high schoolers. We serve schools, homeschools pods, scout groups, clubs, and youth groups.
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.
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.
Exhibits in the visitor center are free to the public and are open from 9:30am to 4:15pm, every day except Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.