Carville, Louisiana: Old State Leprosarium MuseumFormer place of banishment for those with an assumed-to-be-contagious (and verifiably unattractive) disease.
National Hansen's Disease Center
- 5445 Point Clair Rd, Carville, LA
- National Hansen's Disease Center. On dead-end Hwy 141, one mile west of Carville, make right at second gate.
- Tu-Sa 10 am - 4 pm. Check in at the main gate. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Old State Leprosarium Museum
As of July, 2012, six patients still reside here. They're in their 80s and NO, they're NOT contagious, but this is their home. I spoke with Pete, an 88-year old resident and he made it worth the trip. WOW. What a guy... and the stories... Ask for Pete. Highly recommended.[Nathan, 07/19/2012]
This is on a military base, so make sure you enter through the main gate and check in![Lydia, 09/28/2011]
"Hey Kids! Who wants to go to the Leprosy Museum?!"
The National Hansen's Disease Museum is a historical museum in Carville, Louisiana at the site of a former sugar plantation and leprosy hospital.
Exiled on a former plantation made into a hospital, a makeshift government town made a life for those who were not allowed to ever mix with the outside world.
The hospital closed in 2000, with only a handful of lifelong patients still in residence.[Bob Pearce, 06/01/2009]