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National Hansen's Disease Museum

Visit the Museum

The National Hansen's Disease Museum is located in Building 12 of the Carville Historic District, 5445 Point Clair Road, Carville, LA.

In 1992, the National Park Service placed the Carville Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. This location is also referred to as the Gillis W. Long Center (GWLC) and is one of seven Louisiana National Guard Installations statewide.

The Museum is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Federal holidays. To print a more detailed map, right click and select Print Picture

Directions

National Hansen's Disease Museum directions map.

From Baton Rouge: Interstate 10 East to exit 173 -- PRAIRIEVILLE / GEISMAR

Exit to right onto Hwy 73. Continue for approx. 5 miles to River Road (Hwy 75). Turn right on River Road, continue for 7 miles. [See Note]*

From New Orleans: Interstate 10 West to exit 177 -- ST. GABRIEL / GONZALES

From exit take left onto Hwy. 30. Continue for 4 miles. Left on Hwy 73 to River Road (Hwy. 75). Turn right on River Road, continue for 7 miles. [See Note]*

*NOTE: After 5 miles, Hwy 75 turns away from the River. Stay on River Road, which becomes Hwy 141 and continues for 2 miles. There will be a historical marker and Indian Camp Plantation on the right. Turn into the entrance and stop at the gatehouse. Check in with the guard who will direct you to the museum.

Tours

You may borrow an audio CD and laminated map to take a self-guided driving tour of the Carville Historic District. The 9-stop audio tour brings the visitor from Indian Camp Plantation to the Patients’ Cemetery. Visitors may park their vehicle and walk in the cemetery.

Audio driving tour takes 20-30 minutes. Audio tour is free of charge. Please return CD and map to front porch of museum. Please exit the grounds by 5 PM.

There is about 4000 square feet of exhibits inside of the museum, which is self-touring.

What Museum Visitors Say

  • I learned about Carville many years ago in my junior high Louisiana History class and always wanted to see it. I was not prepared for how beautiful and large the grounds would be. It is an entire little world unto itself with its own power plant, Movie Theater, churches, etc. The museum was well curated and very informative. I would definitely recommend a visit. Did I mention there is no charge to visit?
  • Tucked away on the backloads of Louisiana near the Mississippi river is this wonderful museum. You'll learn all about leprosy (Hansen's disease) and what the patents’ life was like…and find out about their community and life from 1894 until today.
  • I remembered in grade school reading "Miracle at Carville". Now in my 50's to finally visit was so much more than was ever expected. It was like taking a step back in time. To be able to learn not only about the history of but also about the people, the individual stories of some of the people who stayed there give a whole new perspective on how different life was for them.