Whitney Plantation is the only former plantation site in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on slavery. Generations of Africans and their descendants were enslaved here to establish and maintain indigo, rice, and sugar crops. Visitors learn about this history through tours, exhibits, memorials, and artwork.
Whitney Plantation educates the public about the history and legacies of slavery in the United States. Visitors to the museum will learn about the history of slavery through exhibits, an hour and 15-minute tour, and conversations with our staff.
Guided Tours of the Whitney Plantation are offered three times when the museum is open: 10:45am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm. They are available on a first-come, first served-basis, and advanced purchase is highly recommended, as they do sell out. Guided Tours have a maximum capacity of 20 tickets.
Bring your students for a tour of Whitney Plantation.
Education tours are one hour in length and are conducted by a trained member of the education department.
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This type of tour is for groups of 20 to 50 people looking to visit the museum and take a guided tour as a group.
Exhibits in the visitor center are free to the public and are open from 9:30am to 4:15pm, every day except Tuesday.
- The History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
This exhibit is a brief overview about the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It includes information about how the trade began, which European countries were involved, and where Africans were captured and forcibly migrated along routes of trade that extended both to the west and east of the African continent.
- Slavery in Louisiana
Focused on the history of slavery in Louisiana from 1719-1865, visitors learn about all aspects of slavery in this state. Including the history of the Code Noir, topics of gender, and resistance & rebellion.
Artwork by New Orleans high school students made in partnership with Freedom on the Move and the University of New Orleans.
We offer both self-guided and guided tour options. Please visit our Plan Your Visit tab to learn more!
Whitney Plantation located at 5099 Highway 18 in Wallace, Louisiana on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
The museum is easily accessible from interstate 10 at the Gramercy exit, number 194. It is located one hour’s drive between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Important: Rideshare services (Uber, Lyft, etc.) will bring visitors to the museum, but will often not drive back out to pick up. Please be aware of this issue and plan accordingly.
Children (6-18): $11
Age 5 and under are free!
St. James Parish Residents: $15
St. John Parish Residents: Free
Discount Admission: $23
Seniors, Students, & Military
6 and under
All prices include sales tax
Hours of Operation
Wednesday through Monday
Visitor Center: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tours: 10am- 3pm
Closed Tuesdays and the Following Holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- National Freedom Day (February 1st)
- Mardi Gras Day
- Easter Sunday
- International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade (August 23)
- Thanksgiving Day
- Holiday Break, December 20th- 26th