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Backstreet Cultural Museum

1116 Henriette Delille, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116 (Mid-City)
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Ranked #21 of 174 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
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New York, NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Had such a great time visiting this small museum that highlights the tradition of Mardi Gras Indians and various social clubs. We really enjoyed that the guide was a member of one of the clubs highlighted and was able to answer questions honestly.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I attempted to purchase tickets for a class that was planning coming to visit the museum. The owner yelled at me for using PayPal and swore he would not honor the tickets that I purchased. He then hung up on me. 3 times. He called me back to tell me that he had disabled the PayPal link and told me... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

When in New Orleans we spent a day in the Treme neighbourhood and this museum was recommended. Only a short walk from the French Quarter, this is well worth a visit. Only 2 rooms, but we spent over an hour listening to Slyvester, who gave a truly fascinating insight into the history of the area, Mardi Gras Indians, and second... More

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

After a tour of the Treme I visited the museum for a small fee of $6, it has a huge range of the intricate costumes worn by the various chiefs on Mardi Gras. Great older guy running it who took the time to explain the history. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Located just outside of Armstrong Park. It's easily within walking distance but it appears just to be a regular house due to lack of on street signage ( a common problem for tourists in New Orleans!). Well worth the visit, straight off the bat you can see that this is a place of the people and Treme. As you will... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but is rich in information, and the beautiful Mardi GrasIndian Chief costumes are a sight to be seen. I highly recommend it, and if you can get one of the men that work there to give you a tour, it makes it that much better.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The place is very small, it's only two rooms, so don't expect too much. They have some interesting things on display, the best being various costumes of the Mardi Gras Indians. I haven't heard of that tradition before so I enjoyed admiring the colorful costumes. The other room is all about the jazz funerals and the second lines which I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We visited this unassuming little place in the Treme today and felt utterly blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Sylvester Francis, and to have him tell us the myriad stories about this cultural gem. Sylvester has developed the museum, which celebrates a fascinating slice of African American culture peculiar to New Orleans. Adorning the walls of each room... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Absolutely a must see if you are visiting this city. Located in the Treme (the location of the famous HBO Series) this museum is dedicated to several elements that are perhaps not so well known. One side of the building is dedicated to the costumes worn by the Indian Tribes when they march in their parades. These amazing costumes are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This isn't your typical large museum, however, that made the visit so much more personable. The men who work there are devoted to preserving the history of the relationship of free people of color, slaves, and Mardi Gras. It was a fascinating history lesson and the costumes are fabulous. Definitely worth a trip! Easy walk from the French Quarter.

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