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Whitney Plantation Museum
Whitney Plantation Museum

Whitney Plantation Museum

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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Whitney Plantation Tour
Whitney Plantation Tour
star-4.5
USD71.00 per adult
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The tour is very...
The tour is very informative and it’s hard not to say that it is heavy. Slavery was not a time in our nations history to be light hearted about but I’m so glad that I went.
Katie_M, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-5
Ms. Dion was a wonderful...
Brandee_B, Aug. 2022
N’awlins Luxury: Laura, Oak Alley or Whitney Plantation Tour w/Transportation
Ms. Dion was a wonderful guide!! Thank you!! The plantation tour was a great experience and I’m glad that we did this!
star-5
Brian was the best guide!...
Vonetta_M, Aug. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
Brian was the best guide! He is hilarious and gave us great stories on the ride there. The plantation tour was excellent. The historical details and exhibits focusing on the lives of the enslaved rather than antebellum opulence is not to be missed.
star-5
Must tour in New Orleans
Robblynn_G, Aug. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
Must do this tour while visiting New Orleans. The transportation tour guide, Brian, is knowledgeable, kind, friendly and definitely has a laugh out of this world. You can tell he loves what he does.
star-5
Vacation
Reggie_Y, Aug. 2022
N’awlins Luxury: Whitney Plantation & Pontoon Swamp Tour w/Transportation
Educational. Very moving. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to know something about the true history of the United States of America.
star-5
Great tour
Jimease_T, Jul. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour
We had a good time on this tour. The tour guide gave great commentary on the way to the plantation tour. She shared parts of New Orleans that I’d never heard about. The actual Whitney Plantation tour was emotional and overwhelming. One of the most important experiences of my life. It gave me a chance to reflect on a past that is often hidden and forgotten.
star-4
Lives of Slaves
Tyronte_L, Jul. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour
Learning more about black history understanding what slaves day to day live was like. Learning how painful it was for slaves to live the way they had to live.
star-5
A SOMBER BUT POWERFUL EXPERIENCE
Nikita_H, Jul. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour
This tour exceeded my expectations. Ive been on a few Plantation tour before but this was the first one that told the experiences on the Plantation from the Slave's perspective! Very informative and very transparent. The staff were extremely helpful in asking questions that i had when i took this self guided tour
star-5
Lots of fun.
Paul_C, Jul. 2022
Whitney Plantation and Large Airboat Tour
Bryan, our driver was awesome. Dalton on the airboat gave us a great ride. The plantation was beautiful and very informative. But Bryan was the best.
star-5
Need to to this tour
lana_y, Jul. 2022
Small-Group Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour
The tour was fantastic! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, patient, and funny. The plantation is beautiful, the history is really impressive. My heart could feel the pain and suffering of those as if they were still there. I would highly recommend the Whitney Plantation.
star-5
Amazing
Christel_W, Aug. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
The Whitney plantation tour was amazing. The tour plus transportation was organized and professional. Our driver Brian was amazing, energetic and thorough when it came to the history of Louisiana. The tour itself is self guided, you have a headset and phone to walk you through all 14 sites to tour. It allows you to take your time and understand what our ancestors and their children went through in the 1800s. What a sad but amazing education about slavery.
star-5
2nd Line Tours is the best company in New Orleans!
Nyla_S, Jun. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour
The Plantation was really good. Very surreal to experience it. The service was the 2nd Line Tours was amazing.
star-5
Informative black history
Evangilene_A, Jul. 2022
Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation
All I can say is wow. Very eye opening and a strong piece of African-american history. To learn more and more of what negros/blacks went through all of those years ago is just disheartening and heartfelt. All I can say pyr ancestors endured A LOT. Today's environment is much different but treatment of blacks are still antiquated.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Whitney Plantation Museum?
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