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The House of Dance and Feathers

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Colorful & knowledgeable host

This is private museum of Mardi Gras Indian culture in New Orleans. Mr. Lewis, the owner... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
New Orleans, United States
Ronald Lewis is a great Historian

When we visited NOLA we decided to go to “The House of Dance and Feathers.” When we got there... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2017
Lexington, Massachusetts
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House of Dance & Feathers is a cultural museum based on Ronald Lewis' participation in the culture of Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs & Skull and Bone Gangs. Opening hours are informal, so please telephone ahead to make an...more
1317 Tupelo St, New Orleans, LA 70117-2036
Ninth Ward
+1 504-957-2678
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is private museum of Mardi Gras Indian culture in New Orleans. Mr. Lewis, the owner & operator, is a retired streetcar driver and longtime Indian, skeleton member and Lower 9th Ward homeowner. His artifacts are authentic and represent one of the most colorful traditions...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

It’s small and laid back, but full of interesting and authentic items. Ronald is willing to answer any questions and is interested in you and where you’re from. When you’re visiting from abroad he likes it if a part of your tip is given in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tim V
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

When we visited NOLA we decided to go to “The House of Dance and Feathers.” When we got there another group was already there, but Ronald Lewis got us started right away. He answered all of our questions and taught us about Mardi Gras. He...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

The elderly Mr. Lewis runs this trailer in his back yard as a tourist destination. He played a crucial role in one of the community's krewes. You will find all kinds of knick knacks, headdresses, costumes, and newspaper articles tacked all around this tiny crate....More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank tumbleweedchris
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Your host, Mr.Lewis, is a lifetime resident of the 9th Ward. He has been an active leader in civic life. A visit to the museum in his back yard will enrich your cultural understanding of New Orleans African American culture, grown in the face of...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Janis A
Reviewed March 1, 2017

Go here if you want see a different cultural side of New Orleans. Mr. Lewis has gathered a nice collection of parts of suits and accessories of the different kinds of tribes and other street cultures in New Orleans. It is small but very authentic...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank 453daanb
Reviewed February 18, 2017

This small home-based museum in the 9th Ward is chock-a-block with fascinating objects tracing the history of the Mardi Gras Indians, but the most fascinating aspect of all is the museum's wise and gracious creator/curator, Ronald Lewis. To speak with him is a privilege. Call...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Bethe D
Reviewed December 23, 2016

Mr. Lewis has assembled a collection of the history of dance and costume for Mardi Gras. He has the knowledge and experience of this celebration and the customs associated with it within the African-American community of New Orleans. It is well worth the time to...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank DB-Raw
Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

I can't say enough this tour! Go go go! You will not be disappointed. This is a rare living legend - his knowledge and passions for New Orleans is evident.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Covington K
Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Just that. Get off Bourbon Street and visit this fascinating history of the New Orleans Indians and Mardi Gras neighborhood parades.

Date of experience: July 2016
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People focus too much on the hardships so closely
associated with this well known working class
neighborhood when what’s really most remarkable about
the tightknit community is its indefatigable spirit of
rebirth and ability to stay true to its roots. Perhaps
not an ideal destination for those visitors who tend
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