There’s nothing worse than wasting away at home with nothing to do. Sure, sitting on the couch, watching TV, and pausing only for snacks and bubble baths is fun, but there are only so many days you can do that before you go stir crazy. If you’re looking for a way to get out of the house and do something different while still staying relaxed, a trip to the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is just what the doctor ordered.
Planning Your Trip
Located at 2000 Riverside Drive in Monroe, Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is the perfect relaxing getaway. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission costs $6 for adults and $4 for children. Admission costs can vary for events and special occasions. Events and special occasions also sometimes result in the hours being extended.
Whether you plan to wander through the tranquil gardens, attend an event, or enjoy a concert, there is a little something for everyone at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens. This venue offers activities and exhibits that capture the attention of guests of all ages. So, there’s no reason to leave Grandma or the kids at home.
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Things to Explore
The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens isn’t your average museum. There are four main attractions, each one with a different theme.
- The Coke Museum – This fun museum is exactly what it sounds like – a museum all about Coca-Cola. There are two rooms packed full of memorabilia and other historical items you have to see, like a Model T Coca-Cola delivery truck, lots of vintage signs, and a replica soda fountain where you’ll learn all about the first bottler of the soda, “Mr. Joe” Biedenharn, from a soda jerk. On your way out, be sure to get a bottle of Coca-Cola from the 5-cent vending machine.
- The Bible Museum – Emy-Lou Biedenharn started collecting Bibles in 1854, and now, they’re all right here for the world to see. Her extensive collection shows how important the Bible is in American culture. Spend time admiring many rare and historical Bibles, including a page from the 1454–55 Gutenberg Bible, art Bibles, an original 1611 King James Bible, and many more.
- ElSong Gardens – The ElSong Gardens are one of the most breathtaking gardens you’ll see in your lifetime. Emy-Lou Biedenharn started the garden when she returned home to Monroe from Europe after a highly successful vocal career. The gardens’ name translates to Emy-Lou’s song, which is quite fitting considering how successful she was in the opera. The garden is home to thousands of watering plants, sculptures from all over the world, and a stunning Wagnerian Fountain. To shine even more light on the importance of music in Emy-Lou’s life, the gardens come to life with background music.
- The Historic Biedenharn Home – The main attraction is the Biedenharn Home. John Biedenharn built the home in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1914. The guided tours of the historic house will make you feel like a part of the family. The house is full of Emy-Lou’s furniture, along with tons of antiques that will help you learn even more about her hobbies. There is a library, dining room, breakfast room, living room, and, of course, a music room.
Emy-Lou’s love for traveling was contagious. After your day at Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, travel a few miles to Ryan Honda on Monroe, Louisiana. We have a large selection of vehicles that will keep you safe and comfortable on your next trip.