National Hansen’s Disease Museum

The museum was created in order to collect, preserve, and interpret the artifacts – both cultural and medical – of the Carville Historic District. The unique museum’s mission is to promote the public’s understanding of Hansen’s disease, more commonly referred to as leprosy, as well as to commemorate those who lived at the national leprosarium, one of the two leprosy hospitals in the United States.

The facility has undergone many changes since originally opening in the 1894 as the Louisiana Leper Home (when it was converted from an abandoned sugar plantation).