Open Safe Plan

Historic Grounds, Gardens & Exhibits is open to the public

After temporarily closing its gates on March 19, 2020 to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff, Oak Alley Foundation officially reopen to the public on Saturday, May 30, 2020.  The Plantation is operating with new safeguards and cleaning protocols in place to follow the state’s safe reopening plan.  

While we are grateful to reopen, our priority is the health and safety of our visitors, local community members and our entire Oak Alley family.  We’ve carefully developed reopening guidelines with the help and guidance of other museums and attractions.

Our senior management have also worked hard to gather necessary safety supplies, including masks, gloves, protective panels, sanitizing stations, directional signage and exhibit modifications.  These new procedures will help ensure we are meeting the highest public health standards, while maintaining the excellence of the Plantation's visitor experience. 

Face masks are required to enter the historic site and must be worn inside the "Big House" exhibit, near all outdoor exhibits and when in close proximity to other visitors, but not required when out in the open spaces.  Foundation staff is also required to wear masks when in close contact with our visitors and other employees.

Exhibits and experiences are available with modifications to allow for social distance for visitors and staff, especially inside exhibits.  The Slavery at Oak Alley exhibit has one way walk ways and visitors are asked to wear a mask while in exhibit cabins for the safety of other visitors and our staff.  Visitors are able to view the Sugarcane Theater will accommodate for social distancing with face masks required and one way traffic.  The Theater is currently standing capacity only.  

Visitors are able to view the “Big House” exhibit at a decreased capacity with groups no larger than 8 and conducted approximately every 10 minutes beginning at 9:30am - 5:00 pm.   The new East and West Gardens, with large walk ways and open spaces, provides space for social distancing while visitors explore the gardens.  The Conversation Series for slavery, landscape and interpretive gardens are offered to visitors with modifications to protect staff and visitors through social distancing. 

Cleaning has been enhanced throughout the Plantation, including increased frequency of disinfecting high-traffic surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations will also be available across the historic grounds. As recommended by state officials, seniors and individuals deemed high risk by CDC guidelines should delay their visit until a safer time.

 



 

Helpful information to help you plan your visit: 

 

  • Visitors are required to have face masks when entering the historic site and must be worn inside the "Big House", Sugarcane and Slavery exhibits, near all outdoor exhibits, and when in close proximity to other visitors.  Masks are not required when out in the open spaces.
  • Please maintain a minimum distance of six feet from those outside your party while on the plantation grounds and in exhibits. Look for markers indicating where to stand or for signs indicating one way paths. 
  • Be prepared for walking throughout the historic grounds.  It is recommended that visitors with mobility difficulties come prepared with their own assistive devices (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers)
  • Efforts to engage in touchless procedures are implemented at this time.  All transactions are credit card only and grounds maps and other brochures will not be given at this time.  Visitors are encouraged to download the grounds map to their device prior to or upon arrival and take a photograph of the map sign upon entering.

(Download Oak Alley's historic site map here

  • Hand sanitizer stations are positioned around the historic grounds. Please use these stations as well as hand washing stations in our public restrooms to engage in healthy hygiene practices.
  • In accordance with official state and CDC guidelines, seniors and individuals who are considered high risk should consider visiting us at a safer time.
  • If you are not feeling well, please enjoy our online content from home and plan to visit another day.

 

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