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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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A gem in the city

I knew nothing about this place and was driving around the Treme when I spotted it. It was a Tuesday morning and not too crowded. I was fortunate to have my tour with Robert who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I knew nothing about this place and was driving around the Treme when I spotted it. It was a Tuesday morning and not too crowded. I was fortunate to have my tour with Robert who was born in the neighborhood. If you want to know the history and see the costumes of neighborhood parades, especially the "second line", go here.

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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

What a gift this place is. I wanted my family to experience traditions of New Orleans that were not just in the Quarter and not just about its upper class. The Backstreet Museum filled the bill. Our personal tour was a walk through a neighborhood's history. We loved seeing the Indian costumes and hearing how they were made, and my... More 

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nyc
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Mr. Francis is the neighborhood's historian and preservationist, with an amazing collection of parade costumes and an endless trove of stories and facts.

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Glenview
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

I had no idea of the community the parades have. The costumes are unbelievable and all hand done. Very good talk and tour. A GEM

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Shanghai, China
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7 reviews 7 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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103 helpful votes 103 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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