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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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Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Unusual access to great treasure

This place is so great. Hidden in the Treme, it is in a house and there are two rooms filled with Second Line memorabilia and many of the Big Chief's Mardi Gras costumes which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Candice C

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is so great. Hidden in the Treme, it is in a house and there are two rooms filled with Second Line memorabilia and many of the Big Chief's Mardi Gras costumes which are MIND-BLOWING! You have a chance to see the meticulous, year-long beading embroidery and featherwork costumes done for each year's festivities. This artwork is exquisite and... More 

Thank Candice C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is a museum in New Orleans you must visit. You find out about the many parades occurring in the neighborhoods of New Orleans during the year. You get a close-up view of the unbelievably detailed and beautifully handmade costumes that take weeks to create. You are guided through this small museum and get a close-up view... More 

Thank adventurer1234
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice exposition of the Indian & African dresses Quite small but interesting, we had an excellent guide! Fair entrance price of 8$

Thank Bennaken
Hackensack, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

our second visit in five years- came back with friends this time. An incredible gem - the displays are incredible and the talk given fascinating.

Thank Veronica B
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ever since I saw the story line about Indians in the HBO show Treme, I have wanted to find out more about this tradition in NOLA. This little museum is tucked into a house in the Treme section of town. Don't expect anything fancy or super professional - expect displays that reflect the straight from the heart passion of the... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glad we beat the heat and found this museum, which we had heard about at home, but very little recognition of it in NOLA, it seems. Pity!! Got a lot from it - really good guide info and interesting people to talk to. Learnt about black and Native American history...... Many thanks

Thank Coningham
Ronkonkoma, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small, dusty and costumes are not maintained well. If you are interested in seeing the work that went into making these elaborate costumes then this place is ideal. Original costumes on display. Be aware that this is in Treme. Nothing else around.

Thank MarthaJ60
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Our guide was great and had even made many of the costumes on display. A real piece of New Orleans history. A must see if you want to learn about Second Line and the clubs in New Orleans.

Thank Travelingyogini48
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

If you are at all interested in the New Orleans culture that includes Mardi Gras Indians, second lines and jazz funerals, you have GOT to go here. The exhibits are great, but what really makes it is hearing Sylvester Francis talk about that world. He'll tell you all about the difference between Uptown and Downtown Indians, what goes into making... More 

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

fabulous stop to learn the real story of mardi gras and see the costumes. wonderful personal tour and experience.

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