National Hansen's Disease Museum
The National Hansen's Disease Museum is located on the grounds of what was the only national leprosarium. It stands as a monument to those who battled Hansen's Disease - researchers and health care professionals, as well as those who suffered from the affliction also known as leprosy. The museum's mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the medical and cultural artifacts of the Carville Historic District. Free and open to the public.
Directions From Baton Rouge: Interstate 10 East to exit 173 -- PRAIRIEVILLE / GEISMAR Exit to right onto Hwy 73. Continue for approx. 5 miles to River Road (Hwy 75). Turn right on River Road, continue for 7 miles. [See Note]* From New Orleans: Interstate 10 West to exit 177 -- ST. GABRIEL / GONZALES From exit take left onto Hwy. 30. Continue for 4 miles. Left on Hwy 73 to River Road (Hwy. 75). Turn right on River Road, continue for 7 miles. [See Note]* *NOTE: After 5 miles, Hwy 75 turns away from the River. Stay on River Road, which becomes Hwy 141 and continues for 2 miles. There will be a historical marker and Indian Camp Plantation on the right. Turn into the entrance and stop at the gatehouse. Check in with the guard who will direct you to the museum.