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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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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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A Cultural Gem

I would highly recommend a visit here for anyone interested in learning more about New Orleans' unique and diverse culture. This place gives a great example of the Mardi Gras... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would highly recommend a visit here for anyone interested in learning more about New Orleans' unique and diverse culture. This place gives a great example of the Mardi Gras Indian traditions and how meaningful they are to the African American population of the city. And having just this small, but authentic example of a museum to the tradition is... More 

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New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is an absolute delight. By itself the array of ornate Mardi Gras Indian costumes and related paraphernalia, including imagery of jazz funerals, is something to behold. But the guided tour makes everything come alive. The sweat and toil of the costume making, the parading, the critiquing and the hierarchy – all give a greater understanding of this significant... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you got a taste of the Indians from HBO's Treme or aren't in town when they are parading, then get over to the Treme to see Mr Francis' collection and talk with him about the history of the Indians and the costume artistry. Nice sample of Second line costumes and information as well.

Thank GrozPerk
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143 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Its a small place, costs $8 cash only. But we were surprised to see so many parade costumes, and the person who made them. They are very beautiful and amazing! Worth the trip!

Thank bobolee55
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This is a quaint, small museum filled with Mardi Gras Regalia and a great opportunity to learn about the history of Indians and their roll in NOLA history. Nice visit for the family. It's small so you can do the tour in an hour.

Thank Mickeyog
Queens, New York
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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This wonderful museum is indispensable to any visit to New Orleans. It shows the roots of the culture, especially the music culture, based in Carnival traditions like Mardi Gras Indians, Skull& Bones gang, and Baby Dolls.

Thank Ron H
Arlington VA
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

If you have any interest in the Indian costumes and culture, this place is a must. With luck, the young woman - great granddaughter of one of the queens - will give you a very informative tour of the place with detailed information about the tribes and their customs.

Thank John B
New London, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

You will be blown away to get some insight into the parade krewes especially if you are visiting during the year that ISN'T Mardi Gras. Won't take long but worth the visit!!

Thank MrsBaloney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Very Interested Museum about the Second Lines and the Mardi Gras Indians. Do not hesitate to go and visit the Blackstreet Museum, you will learn a lot about the story of the Second Line Brass band and the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. Robert who will be your guide will give you some good tips about the events in... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The creation of one man, dedicated to both memorializing and preserving the remarkable traditions and atmospheres of the 'hood against gentrification and generational change, this small museum offers a fascinating picture of and insight into the arts and cultures it represents.

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That sound? That flavor? That certain je ne sais quoi that lets you known you’re in “Nawlins” and nowhere else? It’s all good and in broad abundance on the streets of Tremé, where so much of what’s considered to be the very best of New Orleans culture and tradition is, put simply, just how people go about their daily lives in this historic part of town. As one of America’s oldest African-American neighborhoods and among the nation’s first established residential areas for free people of color, Tremé’s significant heritage and contribution cannot be understated. This is especially the case when considering some of Tremé’s most famous residents, most notably jazz great Louis Armstrong. For full flavored food, funky and jazzed up music, and vibrant street life presented with homegrown pride, you can’t beat a visit to Tremé.