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Backstreet Cultural Museum

1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
+1 504-522-4806
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Amazing costumes!

This is a tiny, two-room, privately owned museum in the Treme district. But every inch of it is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Westcoast007
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San Francisco, California
Fabulous piece of history

Passed by this museum many times and finally made it inside. A wonderful collection of Mardi Gras... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
harmsenom
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
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1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
Tremé
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"jazz funerals"
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"mardi gras indians"
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"sylvester francis"
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"social clubs"
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"indian costumes"
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"african american culture"
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"treme district"
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"personal tour"
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"french quarter"
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"ask questions"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a tiny, two-room, privately owned museum in the Treme district. But every inch of it is crammed with amazing artifacts that give a window into New Orleans’ unique Afrocentric cultural rituals, celebrations and traditions, including the Black Indians and their Krewes, the Baby...More

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Passed by this museum many times and finally made it inside. A wonderful collection of Mardi Gras suits in all their splendor and color. Brought my overseas guests and they loved it. Well worth the ticket price to spend an hour or so here.

2  Thank harmsenom
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Reviewed May 9, 2018

This jewel of a museum is a tribute to the cultural heritage of the Carnival "Indians" one of Americans most unique art forms. Small and out of the way. It takes a full year of almost daily work on these outfits that will be only...More

Thank Mac M
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Reviewed May 8, 2018

If you are truely interested in Mardi Gras History and Culture this museum is a must see. Its small but houses a ton of history and the most coming from a young and very educated docent. She has been participating for years and her family...More

Thank Cathy R
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

Expensive price for an ageing museum which must have been nice when it was created. Now it could use some renewal. Nice Indian costumes though.

Thank ChoupLG
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

This little privately owned museum is the real thing, not just a tourist show, for Indian Mardi Gras masks. You pay $10 and are shown around by the owner and given a really thorough explanation of the traditions and the social clubs of New Orleans....More

Thank eurilla
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

Very personal tour of one of the more overlooked aspects of New Orleans culture. Highly recommend this to people who wish to know more about our city's cultural history. Doesn't take long.

Thank Christopher F
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

This museum is just outside the French Quarter, and celebrates the African-American culture of the city. It includes information and suits of Mardi Gras Indians, Social and Pleasure Clubs and Jazz Funerals. It is a local gathering place, and the museum has a very personal...More

1  Thank SueBeeton
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

This collection assembled by Sylvester Francis and co-directed by his daughter is unique, and a great introduction to Mardi Gras Indian traditions, jazz funerals, second line parades and more of New Orleans' unique cultural traditions. Small, two-room house in the Tremé district is an easy...More

1  Thank Lynne J
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

This is a small, funky museum highlighting the costumes and customs of Carnival, as well as the music of New Orleans. Fantastic, especially when explained by the Owners.

1  Thank Larry M
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Treme
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
...More
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