Admission to the museum and grounds is free for everyone. About 4000 square feet of exhibits exist inside of the self-touring museum. Self-guided audio wands for groups up to 10 are available.
A self-guided 9-stop audio driving tour takes you through the Carville Historic District. Audio tour maps are available on the museum front porch (at no charge) for this tour, which will take you between 20 – 30 minutes.
Take a 20 minute Virtual Museum Tour to learn about our history from curator Elizabeth Schexnyder. Teachers can contact Ms. Schexnyder for supplemental teaching materials.
GPS users: Enter 5440 Point Clair Road, Carville, LA 70721
Beginning November 1, 2023
The museum will temporarily close for renovations.
Estimated reopening is March 2024.
Self-guided driving tours are available seven days a week from sun up to sun down.
Closed on federal holidays
You will be entering a military base. You must show valid ID at the gate before entering.
Note: As of August 2022, main gate construction is underway. Continue a quarter of a mile down River Road to the end of the road. A temporary gate is on the right hand side. Ask the guard for directions to the museum.
Directions to the museum
5440 Point Clair Road, Carville, LA 70721:
From Baton Rouge: Interstate 10 East to exit 173 – PRAIRIEVILLE / GEISMAR
Exit right onto Hwy 73. Continue for approximately five miles to River Road (Hwy 75). Turn right on River Road, continue for seven miles. (See Note.)
From New Orleans: Interstate 10 West to exit 177 – ST. GABRIEL / GONZALES
From exit 177 turn left onto Hwy. 30. Continue for four miles. Turn left on Hwy 73 to River Road (Hwy. 75). Turn right on River Road, continue for seven miles. (See Note.)
Note: After five miles, Hwy 75 turns away from the River. Stay on River Road, which becomes Hwy 141 and continues for two miles. There will be a historical marker and Indian Camp Plantation on the right. Turn into the entrance and stop at the gatehouse. There is a checkpoint at the gate. Check in with the guard who will direct you to the museum.