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“Best New Orleans Culture”

Backstreet Cultural Museum
Ranked #59 of 348 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
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“Best New Orleans Culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

Experience New Orleans True Culture it takes you back to New Orleans early period of Jazz Funeral and Mardi Gras Indian experience.

Visited February 2012
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“School Aged Children's fabulous field-trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

What better way to teach the students about the culturally unique traditions of New Orleans than to visit this piece of history in the historic Treme neighborhood (also very near to Congo Square/ Armstrong Park)?! Many locals in NOLA have seen the Indians in costume from afar chanting and playing drums and tamborines or been stopped in traffic as a jazz funeral or social aid & pleasure club second-line parade goes by, but never taken the time to find out why these traditions exist. The Backstreet Cultural Museum showcases great memorabilia of such traditions: videos of second-lines and funerals, a wide variety of photographs, many different costumes, and the owners take the time to explain and answer any of your questions. First through third graders from the Audubon Charter School's Montessori Program enjoyed their visit to this museum indeed!

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Nragnone
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New Orleans
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28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Mardi Gras Indian Culture - a must do!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

Backstreet is not a fancy museum, but if you are interested in New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian culture it will blow your mind. My favorite museum in New Orleans. Info about second line parades, jazz funerals and of course the Indians. You will see Mardi Gras Indian "suits", or costumes which are hand made and can weigh up to 150 pounds. Fascinating little place in Treme neighborhood. Recommend watching the HBO series Treme for more info about Indian traditions.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank nhemeter
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Logan, Utah
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36 reviews
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“interesting and worth the time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

I find this a very interesting aspect of NOLA culture - I hope this museum and the attention it brings will help this tradition survive.

Visited March 2012
Thank Wellsville2012
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East London, UK
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26 reviews
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“The Indians deserve better”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

I really don't want to be too hard on this 'museum' but I have to say it does a massive disservice to the fascinating culture of Mardi Gras Indians, a subject matter I am deeply interested in. The owners are an husband and wife team, and they make a very poor show of showing of some excellent exhibits. They were more interested in getting my $8 entry than explaining properly what I was looking at.

That said, the exhibits are great. I can also read rather well so I just read the small placards under some pictures and suits and gleaned some knowledge of the Indians. The info they did give out at the end via leaflets was very useful and it pointed me in the direction of an upcoming Second Line event which I went to and I have to say it was awesome.

Sadly the museum is not awesome. It's a great shame, it could be. I expected better. And having ventured all the way over from England, I deserved better.

Visited March 2012
Thank McKenzie394
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