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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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Description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Great to visit this home of an important culture

as someone who loves New Orleans music including that of 'Indian' groups the Wild Magnolias and the Wild Tchipitoulas, a visit to this museum was a must. It's only small but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Mick W
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

as someone who loves New Orleans music including that of 'Indian' groups the Wild Magnolias and the Wild Tchipitoulas, a visit to this museum was a must. It's only small but Sylvestergave us an excellent introduction to the Mardi Gras Indian culture and its history, including the Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs. The costumes on display are amazing.

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Sonoma, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My husband and I had an excellent tour through the museum from a local who was raised there. He now makes the Big Chiefs costumes in his spare time. Our guide knew the history and gave us a ton of great information about the traditions and culture of the community and the surrounding areas. It was such a great experience... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Absolutely loved this place, loved learning about the history surrounding the creation of mardi gras, learning about Treme's community and key figures of the area. For such a small venue, absolutely jam packed with costumes, information, new information and visuals. I appreciate the hard work that goes into this museum and furthermore the team for delivering such a great experience.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This museum is located in the heart of Treme. We went to the museum and loved every minute of it. Our tour guide was thorough and very informative about the history of the community. This is a must see!!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I love tiny museums that are run by volunteers. If you want to see the amazing costumes, you want to see this museum. It was recommended by a friend and I am so glad we went. It is a gem!

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santa barbara
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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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
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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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