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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Address: 1116 Henriette Delille, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone Number: 504/522-4806
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Mardi Gras Indians

This place is a real jewel. This is like Smithsonian quality in an old funeral home in the Treme neighborhood. Mardi Gras Indians and second lines!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place is a real jewel. This is like Smithsonian quality in an old funeral home in the Treme neighborhood. Mardi Gras Indians and second lines!

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Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a great little museum in the Treme showcasing the costumes that the African Indians have created over many years for the Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday as the very knowledgeable gentleman running the establishment refers to it. Well worth the effort of getting out of the French Quarter. You can combine this with a visit to Armstrong Park.

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chicago, il
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We loved that the museum was small, but still not crowded. The costumes and photos were amazing. What's more is that the owner was there to answer any questions and fill us with so many stories to share with others.

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RINGGOLD
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If you want to learn about New Orleans, and not just get drunk on Bourbon street, then you must go here! We came on a Monday and they were actually closed but the owner was sitting outside and said "Well I'm looking at you and you looking at me so come on in" Super nice folks ! Backstreet will teach... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great costumes of the varied runaway slaves who married into local Indian Tribes. Then formed their own tribes like Wild Tchoupitoulas, Wild Magnolias, Northside Skull and Bones Gang, etc. A must see in the Treme.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

A great experience and one of the best ways to learn more about New Orleans and its traditions. It was wonderful to have someone share such a unique perspective of New Orleans. You learn a lot about a part of the city and its culture that you just do not get any where else. I cannot imagine a better place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I was very interested to learn about some of the cultural traditions that exist in New Orleans. It is such a unique city. The backstreet cultural museum had a small but beautiful display of two very interesting traditions, the pleasure and social clubs and the Mardi Gras Indian tribes. There is a display of suits from both groups and a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I was glad to go and see the collection, but as some reviewers have pointed out, it is not a typical "museum". It is two rooms and a hallway in a house and you have a 50/50 chance of actually getting a tour. There were no scheduled tours and I called to ask what time the tours run and was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is located in the Treme District of NOLA. Backstreet is the historical museum of not just Black Indians, but also the social clubs. There are an assortment of beautiful costumes on display in the museum all from different tribes. Ask questions and you will be met with in depth answers to everything. Black Indian culture is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Learn about second lines and the New Orleans's Indians. The costumes are so amazing! This is a small venue, but contains so much history and culture.

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Additional Information about Backstreet Cultural Museum

Address: 1116 Henriette Delille, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone Number: 504/522-4806
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Mid-City
Open Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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