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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Address: 1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
Phone Number: 504/522-4806
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Unexpectedly great find

We stumbled across the museum during our walk through the Treme Fall Festival. I had never heard of it, and was skeptical when they charged me $10 to enter this somewhat run down... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hope M
Austin, Texas, United States
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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled across the museum during our walk through the Treme Fall Festival. I had never heard of it, and was skeptical when they charged me $10 to enter this somewhat run down older house. But SO GLAD I did it. Hearing some of the history of the social clubs and the Mardi Gras Indians was really fascinating, and of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Situated just behind our Airbnb this was an easy stop. The curator opened it a little early for us and gave an informative narrative on the two rooms. I learned a few things which is always a good thing. Takes about 30-60 minutes. A little pricey if you have a big family. If you ask they might make a deal.... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We only ended up here accidently, and what a great find. We saw so many wonderful Mardi Gras outfits, but more importantly we learned so much about the traditions and history of Mardi Gras, Secondline, and Jazz funerals. It was well worth the cost to get in and our trip to NOLA was far better because of finding this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

This museum is a real gem, as is its owner Sylvester Francis, who took the time to tell us all about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras Indians.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

If you want to learn more about the Mardi Gras Indians then this small museum is it. They had some of the hand beaded costumes on display which where so amazing to see. We probably spent 30 mins on the museum. A good place to stop if in the neighborhood or want to venture away from the French Quarter.

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is lovingly created to celebrate and honor the unique African American culture of New Orleans. The small collection of costumes and artifacts are displayed in a converted house in the historic Treme district, near Louis Armstrong Park. The docent, Robert, provided historical context on the origins of the Black Indian Tribes, the social clubs and first... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

What makes this a 5 star experience for visitors and those who are not part of the culture is that this is a neighborhood museum with lots of cool stuff. Every visitor gets a guided tour whether you want it or not. The people who run the museum are always friendly no matter who you are or where you're from.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

This little museum is a bit of a walk from the FQ, but it's worth it. I learned a lot about Mardi Gras, first line, second line, social clubs, the Indians, etc. Not all of this is obvious so don't be shy about asking the person in charge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Don't miss this opportunity to see a piece of New Orleans' real history. Given the city's demographic changes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it's important to take a moment to see the heart of NOLA culture, the community that made the city so special. You'll find yourself in awe of the stormy of the Mardi Gras Indians and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This wonderful, off the beaten path museum is a true gem. Within walking distance of the French Quarter, this museum will teach you about Mardi Gras Indians, Social & Pleasure Clubs, and the Jazz Funeral. Lots of costumes, memorabilia & photographs brought these traditions to life for us. This museum is a labor of love by Sylvester Francis & is... More 

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