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Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

223 S Academy St, Opelousas, LA 70570-7318
+1 337-948-9922
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Great place to visit and learn a little not so well known history

This museum is one of the nicest tourist spots in south Louisiana! It's a little known history of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Paula A S
Carencro, United States
via mobile
Wish we would have gotten here earlier!

Just got to see the outside of the building. They had closed early for the day, I guess they were... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 15:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
223 S Academy St, Opelousas, LA 70570-7318
+1 337-948-9922
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This museum is one of the nicest tourist spots in south Louisiana! It's a little known history of orphaned children who came by train to Louisiana from NY in late 1800s and early 1900s. It's the only museum of its kind in the country with...More

Thank Paula A S
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Just got to see the outside of the building. They had closed early for the day, I guess they were not expecting anyone else to show up. It was close to closing time.

1  Thank JIMMY P
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Had heard of and read a book about the Orphan Trains that took orphaned children from the New York City Foundling Home out to the western US states, but did not know about some of the trains coming to Louisiana. Beautiful and interesting museum with...More

Thank Travelcrow
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Museum tells story and displays memorabilia of the the thousands of orphaned children brought by train from New York City's Foundling Home to be adopted by Louisiana families during the 1800s. The property also displays various actual historical businesses and homes of that era which...More

Thank kissinkousin
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a very good museum and the volunteers that were there the day we visited made it an excellent one. This wasn't an ordinary volunteer position but a passion. She was able to make the stories alive and memorable.

Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very nice large museum highlighting a relatively unknown historical event, the bringing of many orphan children from the New York area to Opelousas area many years ago. Interesting exhibits and well-versed staff.

Thank Francis J
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Went to the museum expecting a sad story of mistreated orphans. I was VERY WRONG. There is a history there........that says a lot. Some of the children went to rich families.......and others went to families......and worked. But........in that time......children worked on farms. My Grandparents worked...More

Thank meanymer
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Unique experience to go back in time to visit a very historic era. Displays were educational and photos were heartwarming. My maternal grandmother rode the Orphan Train.

2  Thank W785VVsusanm
Reviewed 26 July 2015

This wonderful museum tells the amazing story of the thousands of orphans placed by the New York Foundling Hospital in the 1800s into the 20th century. We received a personal tour by a Sister whose father came to Louisiana on an orphan train. The museum...More

2  Thank Dave C
Reviewed 5 February 2015

We knew about the Orphan Trains but it was only after we read the book, "From Cradle to the Grave" that we were impressed to visit the Museum. Our tour guide was a man whose grandfather had come to Louisiana on an Orphan Train. There...More

1  Thank impressed131
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Maxene S
28 August 2015|
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Response from LaOrphanTrainMuseum | Property representative |
The fall is a wonderful time to visit Louisiana. We'd love to meet you and hear about your father. The standard ticket price is $5 per person, or $3 for large groups.