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

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New Orleans, United States

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • Self-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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Hotel pickup and drop-off, with exact pick up time provided
Live commentary on board
Professional Driver/guide (additional fee for foreign language bilingual guide)
Gratuities
This tour does NOT include a meal, Snacks and drinks available for purchase

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please specify hotel at time of purchase. We pick up in New Orleans at any hotel, Bed & Breakfast or select Airbnbs, uptown (close to St. Charles Ave.), in (or close to) the French Quarter, and on the Westbank.

We do not pick up by the airport, in New Orleans East, in Slidell, or on the North Shore.

Supplier will contact you the day before your tour to give you an exact pick up time.

Departure Time

11:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide - extra fee for language other than English applies
  • On Tuesdays, Whitney Plantation is closed and replaced by Evergreen or Laura Plantation
  • On Wednesdays, St Joseph Plantation is closed and replaced by Evergreen or Laura Plantation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St. Joseph Plantation Tour.

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qiana_l
, Nov 2020
I didn't like that your wi fi dont work u are left to visit alone so u are giving a website to down load audio . It didn't work so we was lost to take guess at what we saw
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your review, and yes, you are 100% correct, the wi-do reception is not the best out in the country where Whitney Plantation is located and that’s why I always email as well as text every single guest, ahead of time, about the importance of downloading the Whitney app before arriving at that location. I am sorry if you didn’t receive the notice I had sent to your party on that! And I’m glad you enjoyed the rest of our plantation tour enough to give it five stars! Thank you.
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St. Joseph and Whitney Plantation Tour!
Sharon_S
, Oct 2020
Great Experience! I highly recommend it. Not only did we get a tour of both plantations but Miss Isabelle was full of knowledge about the history of Louisiana and the unique terrain of the area. Loved it! Will definitely do another one when I am back next Spring!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Oh wow, this is a wonderful review. Thank you Miss Sharon, and it was truly my pleasure to share all of this information with you. We wIll be so happy to have you back in the spring.
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Great day
HOPKHE_H
, Feb 2020
Loved the small group. Tour guides were amazing and knew so much Highly recommend. Especial note for Gene at Isabelle Tours he kept us informed and entertained all the way. Great knowledge and passion for his city
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Important to Understand our History
pafemdr
, Feb 2020
Tour guide John Hall was great! Prompt, friendly and very well-informed about history and NOLA in general. Even told me where to find dancing where the locals go. (I did. 😁 Thanks, John). Whitney was impressive.
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Beat Tour Ever!
fraziertrips3
, Feb 2020
Being black- when i visit I pay respects by doing tours of the plantations. I want to walk where they walked. It is hard to always go on tours and be guided through the “big house” and end at the mistreated slave quarters. The grief is heavy- Whitney Plantation is different- this place pays homage to the slaves. The tour guide Harriett was also a direct descendant of a sharecropper there. The Big House is being renovated so we didn’t see much- which was good for me. All the names and stories of the slaves - placed near the working fields was an experience I am glad I didn't Miss. Thank you for the time, research and the money you spent on this project. Thank you for keeping the memory alive. I will Bring my children back to see this.
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Excellent Tour and Presentation
630NOLAGRL
, Jan 2020
Both tours are informational and educational albeit from different perspectives. The St. Joseph focuses on the opulent and privileged life and experience of the plantation owners whereas the Whitney Plantation illuminates the brutality of slavery and humanizes those who endured it. This tour presents two sides of the same story...the good, the bad and the shameful. It’s very well done and excellent at bringing history to life. I highly recommend both together.
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Fantastic Tour
Kiwi5000
, 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
icon 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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