Plan Your Visit to the National Hansen’s Disease Museum

Admission to the museum and grounds is free for everyone. About 4000 square feet of exhibits exist inside of the self-touring museum. A self-guided 9-stop audio driving tour takes you through the Carville Historic District. Audio CDs and maps are available (at no charge) for this tour, which will take you between 20 – 30 minutes.

GPS users: Enter 5440 Point Clair Road, Carville, LA 70721

Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed on federal holidays

2019 Museum Holiday Closures:
Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving)
Dec. 24, 25 (Christmas)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 1 (New Year)

You will be entering a military base. You must show valid ID at the gate before entering.


Self-Guided Tours


  • Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • No appointment needed
  • Self-guided audio tours inside of the museum
  • 50 minutes using audio wand
  • Groups over 10: please call in advance (225-642-1950)


  • Monday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • No appointment needed
  • Tell the guard at the gate you are taking the self-guided driving tour, from the museum to the cemetery
  • Pick up your audio CDs and maps on the front porch of the museum, call 225-756-3828, or tour online HRSA Exit Disclaimer
  • 25-30 minutes

Guided Tours

  • Appointment required (one month in advance)
  • Groups over 10: please call in advance (225-642-1950)

Walking Tours

Special Walking Tour: “The Longest Mile”

  • Rain or shine
  • Last Friday of each month, 10-11 a.m.
  • Reservations are required, call 225-642-1950
  • Involves moderate walking (including stairs and inclines)
  • Approximately 45 minutes
  • Begins at the front gate and ends at the infirmary
  • 4-10 participants limit

Dates in 2019

  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 29

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.

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2019

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.