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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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Compact and culturally rich

Fascinating insight into the traditions of Mardi Gras Indians. The collection is so impressive and the gentleman who showed us the museum was so informative, friendly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Cairns, Australia

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Monrovia, California
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130 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

if you are a museum buff, don't miss it. A tiny little place, but worth the price of admission. Too many stairs for me these days, though.

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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Fascinating insight into the traditions of Mardi Gras Indians. The collection is so impressive and the gentleman who showed us the museum was so informative, friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this if you are interested in cultural traditions of Treme.

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Oceanside
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were told the neighborhood was dicey, so we took a cab there. Totally fine, totally safe feeling. We walked back to our hotel. The time was priceless in seeing the costumes and hearing the true life stories about the Mardi Gras Indians. We were blown away at how wonderful it was. Not for everyone. Some people poked their head... More 

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Sylvester and his brother are gems and incomparable stewards of history. So much information and knowledge in this place.

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Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a small museum in the Tremé operated out of a house. It's not flashy and it's not fancy, but it's fascinating and unique. A beautiful collection of hand-sewn New Orleans Indian costumes is the highlight. The hosts of the museum, who are some of the artisans of the costumes in the museum, are happy to give you background... More 

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Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I became infatuated with Treme and the Treme Indians while watching the HBO series. This little museum in the Treme is a must see. The hand sewn outfits are amazing. Some are even breath taking. They also have a section dedicated to Second Lines. Well worth the $8 to get in. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He himself had made... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I didn't know much about the remarkable traditions in New Orleans of Mardi Gras Indians and Second Lines until I visited this museum. Now I was to go back for Mardi Gras just to see it happen on the street!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place is a real jewel. This is like Smithsonian quality in an old funeral home in the Treme neighborhood. Mardi Gras Indians and second lines!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a great little museum in the Treme showcasing the costumes that the African Indians have created over many years for the Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday as the very knowledgeable gentleman running the establishment refers to it. Well worth the effort of getting out of the French Quarter. You can combine this with a visit to Armstrong Park.

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chicago, il
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We loved that the museum was small, but still not crowded. The costumes and photos were amazing. What's more is that the owner was there to answer any questions and fill us with so many stories to share with others.

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