The National Hansen's Disease Museum

Phased Reopening Beginning June 2, 2022

Thursdays and Fridays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carville is the national museum honoring leprosy patients—once quarantined on site—and the medical staff who cared for them and made medical history. The museum collects, preserves and interprets medical and cultural artifacts to inform and educate the public about Hansen’s disease (leprosy).

Supporting the National Hansen's Disease Program (NHDP), the museum:

  • Interprets the history, treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy in the US,
  • Honors those who lived at the national leprosarium as patients, and
  • Celebrates health care professionals who made medical history as they battled leprosy.

Exhibits & Collections

Collections and exhibits span the history of Hansen’s disease treatment in the United States.

Some of our major exhibits and collections include:

The Daughters of Charity Collection – Correspondence, publications, photographs, diaries and newspaper clippings compiled by the Sisters to document their mission.

The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Collection – Includes the history of the treatment, care and rehabilitation of leprosy by the federal government at the Carville Historic District.

Resources for Researchers

The museum and archives have hosted and continue to host research projects which become academic papers, books, documentaries, family histories, and science and social studies projects.

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2022

National Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Program

Caring & Curing Since 1894


Elizabeth Schexnyder


Manequins in military clothing


Did You Know?

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