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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Address: 1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
Phone Number: +1 504-522-4806
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Little known to outsiders is the culture of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. The festive suits featuring brightly-colored feathers and hundreds of hours worth of hand-sewn bead... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Mark H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Little known to outsiders is the culture of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. The festive suits featuring brightly-colored feathers and hundreds of hours worth of hand-sewn bead work aren't to be missed.

Thank Mark H
Independence, OR.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having had an interest in this part of the local culture that dates way back, we were thrilled to find out that there was a small museum dedicated to it. Even though we already knew quite a bit about it, there were multiple opportunities to to learn more of the customs surrounding the making and wearing of the regalia. The... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Anyone interested in popular culture should pay this small gem of a museum a visit. The museum consists of three rooms which display costumes used in Mardi Gras Indian parades. It was very special to be able to get close to these exquisite artifacts. The museum docent who gave us the background on the costumes came from generations of Treme... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Wonderful history and amazing detailed costumes. Worth the visit! Thank you Mr Francis for your information and explanations.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We stumbled across the museum during our walk through the Treme Fall Festival. I had never heard of it, and was skeptical when they charged me $10 to enter this somewhat run down older house. But SO GLAD I did it. Hearing some of the history of the social clubs and the Mardi Gras Indians was really fascinating, and of... More 

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Timbuktu, Mali
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Situated just behind our Airbnb this was an easy stop. The curator opened it a little early for us and gave an informative narrative on the two rooms. I learned a few things which is always a good thing. Takes about 30-60 minutes. A little pricey if you have a big family. If you ask they might make a deal.... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We only ended up here accidently, and what a great find. We saw so many wonderful Mardi Gras outfits, but more importantly we learned so much about the traditions and history of Mardi Gras, Secondline, and Jazz funerals. It was well worth the cost to get in and our trip to NOLA was far better because of finding this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is a real gem, as is its owner Sylvester Francis, who took the time to tell us all about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras Indians.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

If you want to learn more about the Mardi Gras Indians then this small museum is it. They had some of the hand beaded costumes on display which where so amazing to see. We probably spent 30 mins on the museum. A good place to stop if in the neighborhood or want to venture away from the French Quarter.

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is lovingly created to celebrate and honor the unique African American culture of New Orleans. The small collection of costumes and artifacts are displayed in a converted house in the historic Treme district, near Louis Armstrong Park. The docent, Robert, provided historical context on the origins of the Black Indian Tribes, the social clubs and first... More 

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That sound? That flavor? That certain je ne sais quoi that lets you known you’re in “Nawlins” and nowhere else? It’s all good and in broad abundance on the streets of Tremé, where so much of what’s considered to be the very best of New Orleans culture and tradition is, put simply, just how people go about their daily lives in this historic part of town. As one of America’s oldest African-American neighborhoods and among the nation’s first established residential areas for free people of color, Tremé’s significant heritage and contribution cannot be understated. This is especially the case when considering some of Tremé’s most famous residents, most notably jazz great Louis Armstrong. For full flavored food, funky and jazzed up music, and vibrant street life presented with homegrown pride, you can’t beat a visit to Tremé.
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