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Houmas House & The Great River Road Museum Day Trip

 New Orleans, LA
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If you are looking to experience a combination tour and educational museum, then this Houmas House & The Great River Road Museum Day Trip is the pick for you! This historic estate boasts 38 acres of the south’s grandest gardens, three restaurants, a luxurious Inn, and a historic mansion open daily for tours. The guided mansion tour leads guests through the architectural evolution of the mansion and details how a succession of owners and the Mississippi River grew this manor house to the estate it is today. Period antiques, artwork, and artifacts help the costumed guides tell the story of plantation life. Once sprawling over 300,000 acres, Houmas House has survived wars, floods, abandonment, and the test of time. Spend some time experiencing the Antebellum South. Once you have explored the Houmas Estate, visit The Great River Road Museum. This expansive museum educates about life on the Mississippi - exploring the culture, commerce, folklore, and music. Once you’ve completed this attraction, save time to walk across the bridge located in the parking lot and enjoy sweeping views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape.

Activity Highlights
  • Both guided and self-guided tours of Houmas House Estate and Gardens
  • Learn the fascinating stories of the home and its history
  • Entertaining tour guides dressed in antebellum gowns
  • Restaurant on-site for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Duration: 4 - 5 Hrs.

What's Included
  • Guided tour of Houmas House and Gardens
  • Period-dressed tour guides
  • Admission to Museum
What to bring
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella, raincoat or poncho
  • Camera
  • ID
  • COVID-19 Restrictions: Masks are required in public. Masks are required when around anyone outside of your household. Social Distancing is required. All servers and front line staff will be wearing face coverings. In the restaurants, disposable menus, salt and pepper and other items will be used. Each table and chair will be thoroughly sanitized between seatings.
  • The estate grounds allow dogs on a leash. Please call prior to arrival to let the gift shop know you will have a dog with you. Houmas House allows well-behaved dogs on the mansion tour on a leash. However, if other guests on the tour are not comfortable with the dog, they will ask that you wait for the next tour. Mansion tours are every half hour.
  • There are no taxi or ride-sharing services available in this area to take travelers back to New Orleans or Baton Rouge. Please arrive with your own transportation.
  • Tour maximum is 20 guests and 2 guests are required for tour to depart.
  • Houmas House is closed annually on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • High heels are not recommended as the property is quite expansive.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted inside the home.
Additional information
  • Tours run rain or shine. Please note that a portion of the tour will take place on the plantation grounds, so if it looks like there is rain in the forecast, please dress appropriately and remember to bring your umbrella and appropriate footwear.
  • The historic estate is handicap accessible. The house is completely handicap accessible and has an elevator for guests not able to climb stairs.
  • Houmas House is open for tours every day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Hours subject to change.
  • Allow at least 4 hours for this visit to both Houmas House and The Great River Road Museum.
  • There is a gift shop, restaurant, and cocktail bar located on-site. Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Photography is allowed inside the home and anywhere on the property.
  • Gardens and museum are self-guided, to explore at your own pace.
  • Tours are available in English only.
  • Restrooms are available on-site.
  • Free parking available on-site.
  • Photography is permitted.

40136 LA-942, Darrow, LA 70725

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Houmas House & The Great River Road Museum Day Trip

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Good tour and tour guide

about 27 days ago
In my opinion, over priced and short. Based on the main house. No history of the rest of the property.
Cinthia B

Houmas House

about 2 months ago
Wonderful day spent with a true New Orleans native whose family roots went back 300 years. Museum and map room were added delights. A peek into the past.
Nancy d

Worth the time

about 2 months ago
Our visit to the museum was enjoyable and enlightening. It was especially nice because we were treated to a guided introduction by the curator’s sister who just happened to be in the foyer when we arrived. Her passion and excitement for the displays and artifacts brought history to life.
Rita K

Patrick was great!

about 24 days ago
So we got Patrick! He was very clear and was funny! Made the trip worth it.... BUT the tour itself? Not worth it... just to see the house and that’s it? I thought we’d learn more about the slaves but I guess that’s only the Whitney house.. I wish he website would’ve been more clear about that... but again, Patrick’s enthusiasm, jokes and kindness made it a pleasant experience!!
Valerie M