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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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A treasure of history and culture

Thank you Mr. Francis for preserving the history and culture of NOLA. We appreciate the time you took with us to share your knowledge and to discuss costumes and traditions. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Seattle, WA
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Seattle, WA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Thank you Mr. Francis for preserving the history and culture of NOLA. We appreciate the time you took with us to share your knowledge and to discuss costumes and traditions. The films you have running are priceless. A most informative hour. You and your museum are a cultural gem. Thank you.

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Cumming, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There is something for everyone. Great night life on the street and in the bars. The only drawback is that some of the bars have a horrible odor. It makes stale beer on the floor smell good.

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Bonifay, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

As long time visitors to New Orleans, we are always trying to see new things and learn more about the culture that makes this city so wonderful. If that sounds like you, then you'll want to visit this beautiful little museum. The location is in the famous Treme neighborhood, an easy walk from the French Quarter. Once inside, you will... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We loved this museum and all the amazing Indian costumes. We also listened in to one of the talks by the guy who ran the museum, which was really interesting to hear about how the costumes are made and all the traditions and history of the local area. He also seemed to quite like us asking a few questions!

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Columbia,IL
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412 reviews 412 reviews
100 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a little Gem So take the time to find it and then take the depth of this collection in. The little things are a little hard to appreciate until you read the details.

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Best (and near only) place to see such a historical collection of NOLA Indian Mardis Gras costumes, and to learn more about Indian tribes, social clubs and second line parades.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is one of the most interesting treasures in New Orleans. Sylvester, who has appeared on the HBO show "Treme" has collected a wonderful example of Mardi Gras Indian memorabilia. The Indian costumes are beautiful hand made creations and the tour that comes with the inexpensive entry fee is complete and fascinating. Visitors are welcome to ask questions and will... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

as someone who loves New Orleans music including that of 'Indian' groups the Wild Magnolias and the Wild Tchipitoulas, a visit to this museum was a must. It's only small but Sylvestergave us an excellent introduction to the Mardi Gras Indian culture and its history, including the Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs. The costumes on display are amazing.

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Sonoma, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My husband and I had an excellent tour through the museum from a local who was raised there. He now makes the Big Chiefs costumes in his spare time. Our guide knew the history and gave us a ton of great information about the traditions and culture of the community and the surrounding areas. It was such a great experience... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Absolutely loved this place, loved learning about the history surrounding the creation of mardi gras, learning about Treme's community and key figures of the area. For such a small venue, absolutely jam packed with costumes, information, new information and visuals. I appreciate the hard work that goes into this museum and furthermore the team for delivering such a great experience.... More 

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