Whitney Plantation is one of the most famous plantation houses to visit near New Orleans, with a museum dedicated to the story of slavery in the United States.
The plantation was established in 1752, and originally called Habitation Haydel after the founder of the plantation – Ambroise Heidel. The main plantation house was built in 1803, and there are more than a dozen other historic buildings on the property – including slave quarters – that are now part of the museum.
The Whitney property contains some good examples of particular architectural periods in Louisiana's history, and the museum features life-sized sculptures of slave children in some of the buildings as a vivid visual reminder of how many once lived there. Another part of the museum is the Field of Angels, dedicated to the more than 2,000 slave children in Louisiana who died before they turned three years old.
The museum at Whitney Plantation is open Wednesday-Monday from 9:30am-4:30pm, with 1.5-hour tours offered every hour from 10am-3pm. Tickets are $22 for adults, and $15 for seniors, students, and active duty military. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.