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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
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Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Unique History of NOLA

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melody F
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars 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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Florida
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4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Backstreet Cultural Museum curates artifacts from the local black community. It explains social clubs, Mardi Gras Indians, and the history of the Treme neighborhood where the museum is located. The museum docent, Robert, is a Chief in his tribe and New Orleans born and raised. His presentation was outstanding and most of the Mardi Gras Tribal attire are either... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Our b & b host described this place as an "important" stop to make. Sylvester Francis has gathered and preserved numerous costumes created by Mardi Gras Indians for a number of years. He's a great resource in explaining the history of the Mardi Gras Indians, and their impact on African American culture and history in New Orleans. There is another... More 

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

If you watched the HBO series Treme, you must come here to see the Mardi Gras indian costumes up close and personal, and gain insight into their development and construction. As well as the costume exhibit, this place functions as a kind of celebration of community members and activity in Treme, past and present.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The Treme, where the Backstreet Cultural Museum is located, is the oldest African American neighborhood in the country, located in the 7th ward, which is rich with music and culture. This small museum, along with Ronald Lewis' House of Dance and Feathers (open by appointment only, lower ninth ward) paint a picture of New Orleans that gives visitors a sense... More 

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Treme
That sound? That flavor? That certain je ne sais quoi that lets you known you’re in “Nawlins” and nowhere else? It’s all good and in broad abundance on the streets of Tremé, where so much of what’s considered to be the very best of New Orleans culture and tradition is, put simply, just how people go about their daily lives in this historic part of town. As one of America’s oldest African-American neighborhoods and among the nation’s first established residential areas for free people of color, Tremé’s significant heritage and contribution cannot be understated. This is especially the case when considering some of Tremé’s most famous residents, most notably jazz great Louis Armstrong. For full flavored food, funky and jazzed up music, and vibrant street life presented with homegrown pride, you can’t beat a visit to Tremé.