Plan Your Visit
The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is located on Riverside Drive and Forsythe Avenue in the Garden District of Monroe. Free parking is available on three sides of the museum. The main parking area is located on Speed Avenue near the main entrance to the Coke Museum. Tour information, maps and tickets are available at the Museum Store located inside the Coke Museum. An unloading zone for buses is also located on Speed Avenue directly adjacent to the Coke Museum.
Adults $6 Students $4 (Under 12 years old) Annual Pass $20 (a great bargain) Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store, located in the Coke Museum building, at 2000 Riverside Drive (the corner of Riverside Drive and Speed Avenue). We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, Debit Cards, Cash or Checks.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.
We invite your group to visit the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana, for a group tour. We have a wonderful facility with an interesting mix of collections and stories to tell. In addition to our regular tours we can tailor your experience to meet your group’s needs. Children can enjoy a presentation of “Animals of the Bible” or “what is a Museum?”, while your senior group might enjoy our “Plants of the Bible” presentation, or a special tour of the Bible Museum by the Executive Director.
If you are bringing a group of ten or more, please call ahead to schedule your visit. Because of limited space within the home, we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 60 at a time. Smaller groups will be taken through the home as tour guides become available, usually every 30 minutes. Call and make a reservation today!
The first floor of each building on campus and the gardens are all handicap accessible.
Allow an hour and a half for the tour guide to lead you through the tours of the Coke Museum, the Biedenharn Home, and the Bible Museum. The Elsong Gardens tour is self-guided and you are free to stay as long as you like. You will want to enjoy a 5¢ Coke in the Coke Museum or the gardens as well. Please limit to one 5¢ Coke per paid tour. With prior notice, special presentations can be arranged for visitors.
You will enter the Coke Museum through the large glass display room to view items including the first Coca-Cola delivery truck, and antique signage hung high in the galley. You may purchase your tickets in the Museum Store, then begin the tour of the Coke Museum where you will “visit” a replica of a vintage soda fountain and view our collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. The next building on campus is the Bible Museum, with a guided tour of some of our favorite pieces from Emy-Lou’s collection. Next door to that is the historic Biedenharn home. Note that visitors are invited to play the grand piano during their tour and are encouraged to bring sheet music. At the back of the home, you will find the beautiful English walled gardens that Emy-Lou spent much of her life developing. The gardens feature thousands of flowering plants, graceful statues and beautiful water fountains, as well as a conservatory.
Photography is very popular in the gardens. We invite you to bring your hand-held camera and take snapshots on the terrace, near one of the colorful seasonal urns, or near one of the many fountains located throughout the garden. Please review our Complete Photography Guidelines.
There are many restaurants in the Monroe - West Monroe area. Visit the Monroe/West Monroe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website http://www.monroe-westmonroe.org/ for a full listing of area restaurants and attractions. Brochures and maps to find your way around town are available here at the museum. Please note, Forsythe Park, across Forsythe Avenue, has picnic tables and benches and a playground for the children. Cross over the levee, and you can take a scenic drive along the Ouachita River. The Creamery ADDRESS and Chili’s have supported the Biedenharn through donations of funds, supplies and services. Please thank them for helping us when you eat there.
Monroe is home to the the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, Masur Museum of Art, the Cooley House, the Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum, Black Bayou, and ULM’s Natural History Museum.
Visit the Monroe-West Monroe CVB for a complete list of attractions, community events and restaurants.
For those who like to shop, visit Antique Alley in West Monroe, just across the Ouachita River. Art galleries in the newly restored historic buildings in downtown Monroe, have recently begun a “Gallery Crawl” featuring the work of local artists.