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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 #21 of 172 attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
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Austin, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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Katy, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went and it was cool to see the history and the costumes. We did not run into anyone that was there to explain things to us or answer any questions. It was a lot further from the market then I thought too.

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Pasadena, California
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Sometimes you are directed to tour a place that you initially question. A tourist in New Orleans would not come across this place by chance, it is so unassuming. But we are glad we did! The owner Sylvester treated us to his museum/house, chock full of artifacts, photographs, and history. We learned a tremendous amount about the Mardi Gras Indian... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a great museum to immerse your in the culture of New Orleans. It all about indian cheifs in one room and the second line costumes in the other. Shows some of the true culture of the oldest Africian-American neighbourhood the TREME. Well worth a visit.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Do yourself a favor when visiting New Orleans...get out of the French Quarter and head over to Tremé, the oldest African-American neighborhood in the US and see this collection of Mardi Gras Indian artifacts. The 4 generation, family-run museum receives no funding of any kind and your guides will be the collectors and curators themselves. The Smithsonian has tried several... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum offers authentic New Orleans culture. I highly recommend visiting. It is easy walking distance from the French Quarter. Well worth supporting

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A tour guide recommended this to us and I'm so glad we went. There are two rooms in this house turned museum. One room has the Mardi Gras costumes of the chiefs, etc. and the other lets you see some of the second line costumes and there is a memorial area for those who have passed on. There's nothing fancy... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Backstreet Museum is your go-to stop if you want to learn about the Indian Mardi Gras culture. Sylvester has been documenting it for decades and his museum is his altar to this less heralded side of street-parade culture in New Orleans. His reverence is sobering, but his attitude is warm and funny. I will SO GO BACK if I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We are so glad we did not miss this museum. It is actually a small house in Treme that Sylvester Francis (the owner) has converted into a shrine to the Indian and Second Line tradition. Sylvester is a wonderful guide to understanding this 150 year old tradition and the more questions you have the more interesting stories he'll tell you.... More

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