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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 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

I only knew of the Black Indians from watching Treme but knew I wanted to see the costumes in person and learn more. These men have put together a wonderful museum and are a wealth of information. I sew and often work with beads and I was so very excited to see these works of art and better understand the... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is a place you should not pass up. If you want to get first hand information about the history of the Indians in NOLA, just ask Sylvester. What a wonderful time we had with him as he showed us all the costumes and customs of that time.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The history, the culture, the costumes and the pride behind it all can't be written up. Must be seen and experienced! The "Museum" holds a parallel Mardi Grass parade locally, with both American Indian and African American participation.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was really looking forward to visiting but I tried SEVEN times on different days at different times - and the place was not open. I found out that the guy who runs it, if he is not feeling like it that day - goes fishing!lol I want a job like that!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

it's in an out of the way street, in Treme. The man showing the museum is a second liner and Indian himself, knows all about the traditions. YOu will re-evaluate your wardrobe afterwards

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Charlotte, NC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Don't come expecting slick. This feels like you're walking into a neighborhood hangout in Treme (if you watch the show, this is a must). We'd seen the statue in Congo Square of "Chief" Tootie Montana, and we got a great explanation here of the Indian tribe tradition and second line parades (which, it turns out, don't just happen at Mardis... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I did not know much about the Mardi Gras Indians or the second line parades so the Backstreet Cultural Museum was a real eye-opener for me. Located in an old funeral home across the street from an historic Catholic church in the legendary Treme neighborhood, this museum is outstanding. It's very informative and also personal for the people who run... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Mardi Gras costumes, second line costumes, the history, the culture. Its all the real deal here. Support a local Museum.

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Northern CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
7 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This museum is located in a small building on an unassuming street in a residential part of Treme. After paying the admission to the owner, we stood around gawking at the Mardi Gras costumes on one side of the place, and the second line parade regalia on the other side. I asked the owner to explain some items from the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We serendipitously wandered into the neighborhood from Armstrong Park and found this little museum in Treme. Housed in an old funeral home, it is chock full of the costumes meticulously sewed by the various "Indian" tribes as well as memorabilia of the clubs that do weekly parades. A definite highlight of this museum is the elderly gentleman who owns and... More 

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