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“cool stuff in a less touristy part of town”

Backstreet Cultural Museum
Ranked #69 of 367 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

the backstreet cultural museum is one of the most unique places in the city. they have mardi gras indian costumes on display as well as other memorabelia.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Spent a wonderful morning at this museum and very much enjoyed talking to Francis about the history of the Mardi Gras Indians, Social and Pleasure Clubs and Treme in general. We found him to be a gracious and enthusiastic host who really appeared to enjoy sharing the history of his area. He pointed us in the direction of a second line happening that day and spent quite some time with us, despite it being Mardi Gras - we could see how busy everyone was.

This place is well worth a visit - it's not slick, it's not polished, it's not professionally curated. But it is full of the life, vigour and lack of orthodoxy you expect from this fascinating city. One of the highlights of our week in New Orleans.

3  Thank Janie K
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

The Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme is a true gem and was one of the highlights of my recent trip to NOLA. If you go to one museum, go to this one; it's truly unique and something you won't find anywhere else. You'll learn about the real history and practices of the Mardi Gras Indians, which are the African American traditions surrounding Mardi Gras, rather than what we currently think of (Bourbon Street, wild parades, etc.)

Though the museum itself is small (it's a few rooms in someone's home), you can really spend a long time here looking at all of the amazing objects - there are really elaborate, colorful costumes worn by the Mardi Gras Indians, memorabilia from parades and second lines, images and information about the history of Mardi Gras, the origins of jazz, brass bands, African American burial traditions, the list goes on. While we were there, we were shown around by a wonderful woman named Anita, whose family has been a part of the Mardi Gras Indian traditions for centuries. She told us lots of great anecdotes and history, and she was able to answer all of our questions (ask a lot!)

Make sure to call ahead and confirm that they're open (they're closed on certain days). This is a true NOLA experience not to be missed.

2  Thank Rebecca L
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Didn't get to make it to the museum but heard it is a good museum that tells stories of the Treme neighborhood. Gospel mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church was plain awesome.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Call ahead to confirm times and availability of Sylvester, a five-star guide and personality committed to the mission of the BCM and to the visitors experience. He took great care in sharing his time, history, memorabilia and was chock-full of entertaining stories.
There is much to absorb including the larger-than-life sculptural Indian costumes in full technicolor, social club traditions and archival photographs, all thoughtfully choreographed and displayed in an intimate Treme two- room residential setting, a rare experience!
As frequent visitors to New Orleans, we purchased a family membership on the spot. We received an immediate follow-up email informing us of the upcoming Sunday parade with links to the very professional and informative website. We are proud to support this cultural icon.
Easy access, 20 minutes from Uptown.

1  Thank sumac333
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