After reading books upon books about plantation life, Whitney and all things he could possibly find he decided thats what was missing on River Road was the God's-honest-truth about slavery. So he decided to change that - and changing that he is!
Go on in. You have to go inside. When you walk in that space you can't deny what happened to these people. You can feel it, touch it, smell it.
-Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans-
...I am changed. I see now more clearly than ever, the dots across the timeline of history that led to our current situation of racism and the effect that it has across an entire community and nation.
- Mr. Sydney Lent -visitor 3.11.13
"This was an amazing experience - heartbreaking yes, but an honest perspective on plantation life from the view of those who truly created and lived the plantation life- Thank you"
“When we can get visitors to actually think about who these folks were and what their lives were like? That's when you've made a difference.”
My experience here was great, I learned to appreciate the things I have. I also learned alot of things that my school doesn't teach us. I think it's important that more young black people come to visit and learn about their history.
- Tahj W., Nola-2/1/15
Ashley Rogers - Director of Operations
Special events, tour feedback and suggestions, general information, accessibility questions, museum donations, curatorial questions, gift shop questions.
Dr. Ibrahima Seck - Director of Research
Educational material requests, schools and teachers, historical research requests
Public Relations, press contact, social media.
Whitney Plantation In The News
Wall Street Journal:
Whitney Plantation Museum to Focus on Slavery
Why America Needs A Slavery Museum
New York Times
Building the First Slavery Museum in America
New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'
The Australian: Life
Lest we forget: Louisiana's slavery museum
BBC World Service: Outlook
Audio interview with John Cummings
Within the boundaries of the “Habitation Haydel”, as the Whitney Plantation was originally known, the story of the Haydel family of German immigrants and the slaves that they held were intertwined.
In 2014, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.
Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork and restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana's enslaved people.
The Museum is open 9:30am to 4:30pm every day except Tuesday
Tours are given every hour between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
The Museum is closed New Years Day, Mardi Gras, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Choose the date you would like to visit Whitney and follow the on screen instructions.
Tickets must be purchased to access the Whitney Plantation.
The only way to visit The Whitney Plantation is through a guided tour.
Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Uber does not operate near the site. You are solely responsible for your transportation if you use Uber.
Tours to the site and museum can be purchased here.
General Admission - $23.00
Children ages 6-18 - $10.00
Discount Admission - $20.00
Seniors, Students, Military Personnel.
Residents of St. John and St. James Parishes - $15.00
Children under 6 are free
Discounts available for groups of 21 people or more with one month advanced booking. All groups must be booked online by filling out the Group Tour Request Form
Nous offrons désormais des visites en Français tous les samedis à 12:15.
Autres jours et les heures sont disponibles sur rendez-vous seulement. Composez le 225-265-3300
There are no self guided tours at The Whitney Plantation.
Copyright © 2015 Whitney Plantation. All rights reserved