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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 178 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I did not know much about the Mardi Gras Indians or the second line parades so the Backstreet Cultural Museum was a real eye-opener for me. Located in an old funeral home across the street from an historic Catholic church in the legendary Treme neighborhood, this museum is outstanding. It's very informative and also personal for the people who run... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Mardi Gras costumes, second line costumes, the history, the culture. Its all the real deal here. Support a local Museum.

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Northern CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
7 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This museum is located in a small building on an unassuming street in a residential part of Treme. After paying the admission to the owner, we stood around gawking at the Mardi Gras costumes on one side of the place, and the second line parade regalia on the other side. I asked the owner to explain some items from the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We serendipitously wandered into the neighborhood from Armstrong Park and found this little museum in Treme. Housed in an old funeral home, it is chock full of the costumes meticulously sewed by the various "Indian" tribes as well as memorabilia of the clubs that do weekly parades. A definite highlight of this museum is the elderly gentleman who owns and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Ok, so it is worth a look for the costumes but I really didn't feel comfortable here. We didn't get any sort of talk other than to take our money and be told that only four pictures per person per room, which was fine, but after that I really just felt like an intruder. I was so excited to come... More

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New York, NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Had such a great time visiting this small museum that highlights the tradition of Mardi Gras Indians and various social clubs. We really enjoyed that the guide was a member of one of the clubs highlighted and was able to answer questions honestly.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I attempted to purchase tickets for a class that was planning coming to visit the museum. The owner yelled at me for using PayPal and swore he would not honor the tickets that I purchased. He then hung up on me. 3 times. He called me back to tell me that he had disabled the PayPal link and told me... More

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Belfast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

When in New Orleans we spent a day in the Treme neighbourhood and this museum was recommended. Only a short walk from the French Quarter, this is well worth a visit. Only 2 rooms, but we spent over an hour listening to Slyvester, who gave a truly fascinating insight into the history of the area, Mardi Gras Indians, and second... More

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25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

After a tour of the Treme I visited the museum for a small fee of $6, it has a huge range of the intricate costumes worn by the various chiefs on Mardi Gras. Great older guy running it who took the time to explain the history. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Located just outside of Armstrong Park. It's easily within walking distance but it appears just to be a regular house due to lack of on street signage ( a common problem for tourists in New Orleans!). Well worth the visit, straight off the bat you can see that this is a place of the people and Treme. As you will... More

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