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Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

New Orleans, United States
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6 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Delve into the history of slavery and the plantations of Louisiana on this small-group tour from New Orleans. Drive past Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River to the Whitney Plantation’s Louisiana Museum of Slavery. Learn about the lives of the enslaved people who worked there and on plantations throughout the South during a tour of the museum and restored buildings. Next, head to the Creole-style St Joseph Plantation for a tour of the working sugar plantation where the movie ’12 Years A Slave’ was filmed.
  • Guided tour to the Louisiana Museum of Slavery on the Whitney Plantation and St Joseph Plantation, from New Orleans
  • See authentically restored buildings and memorial artwork at the Louisiana Museum of Slavery
  • Listen to slave narratives that detail daily life for slaves on the plantation
  • Drive through the sugar cane fields of St Joseph Plantation, a working sugar plantation that dates to 1877
  • Take a guided tour of St Joseph Plantation, often led by a member of the family that owns the property
  • Learn about the making of the Oscar-winning film ’12 Years A Slave’ at St Joseph Plantation
  • Hear informative commentary from your guide about the region during the drive from New Orleans

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Fantastic Tour
, Sep 2019
This tour gives an excellent overview of the era of both the wealthy plantation owners and also an insight into the way that the people were treated, it’s the best tour we’ve been in Georgia and South Carolina
Response from Host , Sep 2019
We are so happy you found our Whitney and St Joseph Plantation tour to be 'Excellent'! This tour does highlight a painful, unsettling and uncomfortable part of American History and it is an important one to remember, indeed! Thank you. Isabelle
This is a one of a kind Plantation...
Cindy L
, Apr 2018
This is a one of a kind Plantation, a must see. Our guide did a fantastic job! Amazing place, very educational. At times the information is hard to hear, but through education we gain understanding. They've done a great job putting together content. The statues are phenomenal. They add so much feeling to what you are learning. Our guide mentioned they have a lot of school group tours. I'm so happy they are teaching real life history and not sugar coating what happened so our kids will strive to treat all people with respect and dignity.
We really enjoyed this tour, it was a...
Kristin S
, Apr 2018
We really enjoyed this tour, it was a good overview of two very different in presentation plantations. We took our two sons 16 and 11 as well. Our guide/driver was great- provided a lot of interesting details about New Orleans, how the area was impacted by Katrina, and an overview of the plantations we passed along the way. The drive was about 45 minutes each way from New Orleans. The St. Joseph plantation was a more traditional tour, with restored house, period furnishings and the plantation guide provided a lot of information on the various families that had lived there. The Whitney Plantation tour is set up to inform visitors about the enslaved people who lived on this particular plantation as well as to honor those who were slaves on neighboring and other Louisiana plantations. There are some original cabins and other working quarters here as well. Very little information exists on the individuals who were enslaved here, so this is more of a general presentation that includes the oral histories of those who were able to recount their experiences in the early 1900's. We found this tour very worthwhile and would definitely recommend it.
John was an excellent tour guide. He...
Edward M
, Mar 2018
John was an excellent tour guide. He gave us a lot of interesting facts about a lot of things along the trip. Seeing the plantations was a great experience.
It was a good trip but would of...
, Sep 2017
It was a good trip but would of liked a bit more time especially at Whitney Plantation, we were rushed towards the end to get back to the bus??
It was very informative. St Joseph...
Ann H
, Jul 2017
It was very informative. St Joseph still operated by the family portray a light view of slavery, which Whitney gave all the history of slavery. The guide was very informative and when ask the question about shared cropping, she didn't sugar coat the fact it was still a form of slavery.
Both of these plantations had...
Candace L
, Jun 2017
Both of these plantations had interesting and informative stories to tell. I could have spent more time at the Whitney Plantation to study the history of the slaves.
This was a very interesting and...
Noreen C
, Oct 2016
This was a very interesting and informative tour. We were picked up on time and the driver gave us a great commentary on the way to the plantations. The Mouring Tour at the St. Joseph Plantation was very interesting and the Whitney Museum is something that every American should see. The tour was thought provoking and memorable.
What a fantastic tour! It was nice...
, Aug 2016
What a fantastic tour! It was nice being in such a small group and the tour guide was very knowledgable and gave a lot of good information during the trip to/from the plantations. It was nice to learn about the plantations from a slaves perspective and very moving. I would recommend this tour to everyone!
Really great tour I want to say his...
, Jul 2016
Really great tour I want to say his name was Billy? Or I know it started with a B but he was really great you can tell he loves his city and he was very nice. I prefer Whitney over St Joseph ..

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