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A genuine NOLA must see

This small museum in Treme is an authentic slice of NOLA history and culture. Each room has its own... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wanda R
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The Real Deal

You can visit the more formal museum in the Presbytere next to St Louis Cathedral to get... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small museum in Treme is an authentic slice of NOLA history and culture. Each room has its own theme of lovingly maintained and simply presented Indian costumes, jazz memorabilia, letters and photos of Civil Rights activities, including efforts to preserve and promote the role of African Americans in NOLA past and present.
The museum continues its civic activities as a neighborhood and community gathering place on its front porch.
It is an authentic contrast to the curated elegant displays in the French Quarter museum and one of many reasons to visit and experience the Treme neighborhood.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can visit the more formal museum in the Presbytere next to St Louis Cathedral to get information about the Indians, but this is the claustrophobic but entirely real deal. Costumes and memorabilia donated by locals make this a fascinating short visit in the historic Treme district.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Learn about the history of Jazz Funerals and 2nd Lines and Mardi Gras Indians. A private museum in a converted home. An amazing cultural experience. Don't miss it.

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Reviewed August 28, 2018

Nice little museum in Treme. Filled with memories and information. Short walk (1-2 blocks) from St. Augustine Church’s Tomb of the Unknown Slave. Easy few blocks to Louis Armstrong Park.

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Reviewed August 9, 2018

This little museum is well worth a visit. It is a collection of photos, videos, objects and -- most of all costumes, all from the Mardi Gras Indians, Skull and Bone gangs, Baby Dolls, jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure clubs, and other related activities, rituals and celebrations. This is a piece of African American history not many tourists know or get to learn about. The museum is fun and quirky. And important.

Thank susanneanette
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

Great little Museum. Lots of really good stuff in it, but very small and very cramped. Could do with bigger premises, but loved what they had in there. Very interesting. Not just all the fabulous costumes, but all about the Jazz Funerals also.

Thank Magsnz02
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

The hours posted on the internet are not the same as the hours posted on the door, and they aren't always open even for the hours posted on the door. We really wanted to see it and were disappointed, so call before you go and make sure they'll actually be there. Have read other reviews that say the same, so not just our experience.

1  Thank All Who W
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This tiny 2 room museum, located in the Treme neighborhood, encapsulates the history of Mardi Gras and the local Mardi Gras Indians, emphasizing their influence on current day practices. Examples of the intricate bead and feather work required for the costumes, the music inspired by the cultural influence and the history of it all. While a tad expensive, the funds do go to preserving the collection and for general maintenance.

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Reviewed June 3, 2018

This is a tiny, two-room, privately owned museum in the Treme district. But every inch of it is crammed with amazing artifacts that give a window into New Orleans’ unique Afrocentric cultural rituals, celebrations and traditions, including the Black Indians and their Krewes, the Baby Dolls, and the social aid and pleasure clubs (among many others).

The museum was founded and is curated by Sylvester Francis, a processional photographer and videographer who conceives of his 19-year-old museum as a commemoration of his own community. In truth, the museum provides a bridge between the local community and tourists like myself and my family, who were wowed by the intricacies of the processional outfits on display and the stories behind them.

The young woman on duty when we stopped by was very pleasant and knowledgeable, and was happy to explain the artifacts and their significance and answer our questions.

Highly recommended.

1  Thank Westcoast007
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Passed by this museum many times and finally made it inside. A wonderful collection of Mardi Gras suits in all their splendor and color. Brought my overseas guests and they loved it. Well worth the ticket price to spend an hour or so here.

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