Living History Museum


Activate the Historical Imagination of your Students

Destrehan Plantation's award-winning and nationally renowned Heritage Education Program affords students of all ages an opportunity to walk back in time and witness history firsthand. Explore the beautifully restored house and the magnificent grounds featuring 200-year old live oak trees as well as educational exhibits and demonstrations. Student tours are grade-level appropriate and meet school district curriculum benchmark and standards for grades K-12. To assure desired dates, please book student tours one month in advance. Allow a minimum of two hours for the student visit.

All proceeds from the Heritage Program go to the restoration and preservation of Destrehan Plantation and its dependency buildings.

Our Heritage Education Program Offers:

  • Primary Sources
  • State-of-the-Art Museums
  • Picnic Areas
  • In-service opportunities between teachers & plantation program Coordinator

Louisiana Student Standards for Social Studies That Correlate with a Field Trip to Destrehan Plantation download form here.

Taylor Barn Activity Center for Students

  • Hands-on learning 
  • Folk-life Demonstrations
  • Old Time Games

During the Tour:

  • Historical interpreters educate students about the lives of those who lived on the plantation free and enslaved.
  • Students interact with interpreters and relate colonial life and early statehood life to contemporary times.
  • Develop research opportunities
  • See reenactments by student peers when available
  • Witness folk-life demonstrations
  • Download your scavenger hunt here.
  • Download your who's who here.

Follow-Up Activities for the Classroom:

  • Online resource materials
  • Picture interpretations for post-visit activities
  • Research opportunities using a state-of-the-art touch screen computer
  • Stay connected through social media


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