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Burden Museum & Gardens

  • 4560 Essen Lane (I-10 at Essen Lane) Baton Rouge, LA 70809
  • (225) 763-3990
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Burden Museum & Gardens includes the LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Windrush Gardens

Burden Museum and Gardens began in the late 1800s as Windrush Plantation, a wedding gift to John Charles Burden and Emma Gertrude Barbee. The home and property were passed down through the generations until they reached the three children of William Pike Burden Sr. and Ollie Steele: Ione Easter Burden, William Pike Burden Jr., and Ollie Steele Burden.

Following their brother's death, William Pike Burden, Jr., Ione and Steele began donating the property to the LSU System to nurture and develop the Burden legacy. Love for their family, their ancestral home and the community sparked the idea to preserve Windrush by creating a place that would foster agricultural and horticultural research, provide a destination for generations to appreciate and learn about Louisiana's rich rural and cultural heritage, and give people a place to experience the beauty of the natural world.

Today, Burden Museum and Gardens is guided by the generosity and vision of the Burden family through the stewardship of the Burden Foundation, LSU and the LSU AgCenter.

Burden Museum & Gardens offers discovery and adventure through historic, natural and educational experiences that provide a window into Louisiana’s rich, cultural past. Situated on 440 acres in the heart of Baton Rouge, it is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the flora and fauna of Louisiana’s lush landscapes and agricultural heritage.

Annual Events

Burden Museum and Gardens is an ideal place to hold corporate and private events and hosts numerous events throughout the year. These events include: