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Backstreet Cultural Museum

1116 Henriette Delille, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116 (Mid-City)
504/522-4806
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Ranked #19 of 172 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Not just a collection of costumes. Great tour guide who explains the evolution of the African-American version of Mardi Gras celebrations in NOLA. Very educational for me, a "white" guy. Worth a detour to hear the whole story.

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Frederick, Maryland
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16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This museum is off the beaten track and is only two rooms but he has squeezed a full size museum worth of history, costumes and artifacts in those two rooms. The costumes we fabulous and the gentleman running the museum was full of information. I felt like I had a private viewing with the conservator giving me a guided tour.... More

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Agawam, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Backstreet Cultural museum is a small, but comprehensive museum. The guide is friendly, the neighbors are friendly, the Indian suits are so pretty! This was one of my favorite New Orleans experiences.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Although I've been visiting New Orleans for over a decade, it was only recently that I discovered the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Among the many sights I've seen in town over that decade, this is easily one of my very favorites. Housed in a former funeral home, Backstreet is split into two main areas (former viewing rooms/parlors). The first houses a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The museum curator, Sylvester, gave us a first hand account of not only the history and tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians, but also of the neighborhood. Definitely worth taking a stroll out of the French Quarter to check it out. Somebody called while we were there and asked if the neighborhood was safe enough to walk in. YES, folks,... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I went to the Backstreet Cultural Museum to see the bead work on the Mardi Gras Indians close-up. The man running the museum gave us pieces of a costume to hold. He was knowledgeable and helpful answering my questions. We were left alone to look at the costumes which were fabulous. There is another room with mannequins dressed in second... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a fantastic little museum pack with Big Chief Mardi Gras costumes and memorabilia. The lady who showed us round was lovely and very informative. Defiantly worth a visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

As a fan of the HBO show Treme it was such a pleasure visting the source for much of the show's history. Learning and appreciating the local history was really fun. The Museum sits in converted homes and sits in the middle of the Treme neighborhood so it really puts you in the middle of the action. Worth the trip... More

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michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you are expecting a fancy museum you will not find it here. Instead you will find a real place , right in the Treme, full of Mardi gras Indian culture. Its a small place, the tour is personal. The gentlemen giving the tour is real, he knows the culture, the history, the people. get off your cell phone, and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

a very small museum showing the costumes of Mardi Gras Indians. These costumes are breathtaking. Totally with the $8 ticket. Lot of displays on second line and other jazz greats too.

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