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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Neighborhood: Mid-City
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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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I Had No Idea

We actually visited December 2012 but what an eye opener about the Mardi Gras Indian culture, which I had never heard of before. Small place but beautiful displays. and Mr... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
ShanTravelItch
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We actually visited December 2012 but what an eye opener about the Mardi Gras Indian culture, which I had never heard of before. Small place but beautiful displays. and Mr. Sylvester Francis is wonderful. Well worth your time.

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Minturn
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It’s small and quirky, but you get to see those amazing works of art up close. The docents are full of stories and will answer all of your questions. You’re only allowed to take 8 photos and aren’t to post to social media without their permission.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you've seen the main sites and are looking for something new, make your way to this tiny museum and learn about the Mardi Gras Indian culture, jazz funerals and second lines. The gentleman who created many of the costumes was giving the tour when we were there. We walked over from the French Quarter, but I would recommend a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Great to see the black and Indian side of Mardi Gras. Very friendly guide and spectacular costumes. A brief streetcar ride to Canal and Ramparts streets and a short walk, and a trip to see the cemetery at the same time. Check the opening times.

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San Francisco, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

If you have any interest in the history of the Mardi Gras Indians, this is an amazing place. Francis Sylvester, who has been photographing Carnival celebrations, second-line parades, and other NOLA celebrations, has lovingly collected the hand-sewn costumes of the Indians, as well as many other fascinating photos and historical artifacts.

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New York City, New York
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148 reviews 148 reviews
36 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I chose this as the only indoor activity while in NO. I wanted to learn more about the culture and see the costumes up close since I'm not sure if I will get to see the actual parades during the Mardi Gras celebrations. The WWII museum seemed like another good place to visit, but I didn't want to spend 3... More 

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Gabriola, British Columbia, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

It took us three tries to find this place open, but it was worth it. It is a funky little place, full of Mardi Gras costumes and photos of days gone by. The costumes are really something to see up close and personal. But the best thing about the place is Sylvester who will give you a little tour and... More 

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Destrehan, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The collection of Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, Baby Dolls, Bone Squad, and Mardi Gras Indian outfits is impressive. The best part of the museum, though, was the information provided. I have a much better understanding of the role these organizations play in the community. They really convey the cultural significance in the backstreets of New Orleans.

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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Do not miss the Treme' tour with Robin and the Backstreet Cultural Museum when you go to New Orleans. Robin is very knowledgeable and passionate about the Treme' culture and history and the Backstreet Cultural Museum is very good and informative.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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