Carville Hansen’s Disease Museum

The only hospital in the nation to treat Hansen’s Disease, the museum now serves to tell its story.


The Carville Hansen’s Disease Museum, hidden away on the back roads of Carville, is actually the site of abuse and miracles. The museum tells the story of the leprosy quarantine hospital developed on site and operated, first by the state of Louisiana, and then the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1992, the National Park Service placed the Carville Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Also referred to as the Gillis W. Long Center (GWLC), the museum is one of seven Louisiana National Guard Installations statewide.

Exhibits and self-guided audio tours available. History covered spans 1894 to the present. A Historic Walking Tour and Film are given the last Saturday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Call for reservations.

  • Group Tours
  • Accessible

Monday: Closed

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