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Backstreet Cultural Museum

1116 Henriette Delille, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116 (Mid-City)
504/522-4806
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Ranked #19 of 171 attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Although I've been visiting New Orleans for over a decade, it was only recently that I discovered the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Among the many sights I've seen in town over that decade, this is easily one of my very favorites. Housed in a former funeral home, Backstreet is split into two main areas (former viewing rooms/parlors). The first houses a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The museum curator, Sylvester, gave us a first hand account of not only the history and tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians, but also of the neighborhood. Definitely worth taking a stroll out of the French Quarter to check it out. Somebody called while we were there and asked if the neighborhood was safe enough to walk in. YES, folks,... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I went to the Backstreet Cultural Museum to see the bead work on the Mardi Gras Indians close-up. The man running the museum gave us pieces of a costume to hold. He was knowledgeable and helpful answering my questions. We were left alone to look at the costumes which were fabulous. There is another room with mannequins dressed in second... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a fantastic little museum pack with Big Chief Mardi Gras costumes and memorabilia. The lady who showed us round was lovely and very informative. Defiantly worth a visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

As a fan of the HBO show Treme it was such a pleasure visting the source for much of the show's history. Learning and appreciating the local history was really fun. The Museum sits in converted homes and sits in the middle of the Treme neighborhood so it really puts you in the middle of the action. Worth the trip... More

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michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you are expecting a fancy museum you will not find it here. Instead you will find a real place , right in the Treme, full of Mardi gras Indian culture. Its a small place, the tour is personal. The gentlemen giving the tour is real, he knows the culture, the history, the people. get off your cell phone, and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

a very small museum showing the costumes of Mardi Gras Indians. These costumes are breathtaking. Totally with the $8 ticket. Lot of displays on second line and other jazz greats too.

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Carrboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Family run, community center, the Backstreet Cultural Center in Treme, a couple of blocks east of Armstrong Park, celebrates the Mardi Gras Indian and Second Line traditions of the neighborhood with caring vision and especial sense of agency and possession. Be sure to get a personal tour from Mt. Francis or his daughter. Worth visiting each time in town. Walk... More

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Austin, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Mr. Francis gave us a great tour! We showed up at opening time and had the place to ourselves. We were treated to such an amazing wealth of knowledge from Mr. Francis about the Mardi Gras Indians, Skull and Bones, Jazz Funerals, anything of real interest in NOLA's cultural heritage. It's a fascinating place, not just because of the beautiful... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Wonderful, detailed, candid explanation of some Mardi Gras traditions. The exhibits were overwhelming and would have taken a long time to ask questions about all the details (Mr. Francis was delightfully... verbose). A more intimate and informative alternative to a big, expensive bus tour. I could go back a couple times and still not get everything!

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