Bring your students along for a tour of Whitney Plantation! This tour is very educational and covers many aspects of slavery.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Availability: Open daily except Tuesdays
- Tour tickets must be purchased to access the Whitney Plantation. We do not offer self-guided tours.
- Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tours frequently sell out.
- Whitney Plantation is located one hour’s drive from New Orleans and Baton Rouge. There is no public transportation to the museum, but many tour companies offer transit services daily.
- We do not recommend taking ride-sharing services to Whitney Plantation as there is no return service to New Orleans.
Whitney Plantation Tour Details
Whitney Plantation is a museum of slavery on the grounds of a historical sugar, rice and indigo plantation established in 1752. On your 90-minute walking tour, you will learn about the lives of 350 people who were held in bondage on these grounds for over 100 years.
Your tour guide will lead you through memorials built to honor over 100,000 people held in slavery in Louisiana, as well as original slave cabins, outbuildings, and a 1790 owner’s house.
Our visitor center has two exhibits that visitors can self-guide through before or after the tour: Slavery in Louisiana and a rotating, temporary exhibit.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, but given the high volume of visitation, we recommend you purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee a spot. Tours frequently sell out, especially during the high season of March through July. Same-day tickets must be purchased in person on a first come, first served basis. We do not sell tickets over the phone.
Whitney Plantation does not have a cafe or restaurant on site. If you bring a lunch, we have a small, uncovered picnic area with tables. Our gift shop sells light snacks and cold drinks.
Because the tour is mostly outside, we recommend that our visitors prepare for weather appropriately by bringing umbrellas, sunscreen, or bug spray as necessary. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for the gravel path on the tour. We operate tours rain or shine.
Whitney Plantation is preserved in the Whitney Plantation Historic District near Wallace, Louisiana, in St. John the Baptist Parish. It lies at 5099 Louisiana Hwy 18 on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
- 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.