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“The backstory for Treme -- Great”

Backstreet Cultural Museum
Ranked #69 of 376 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Sometimes you are directed to tour a place that you initially question. A tourist in New Orleans would not come across this place by chance, it is so unassuming. But we are glad we did! The owner Sylvester treated us to his museum/house, chock full of artifacts, photographs, and history. We learned a tremendous amount about the Mardi Gras Indian traditions, Second Line, and Funeral parades in New Orleans.

It should be pointed out that you'll be asked to pony up $8/person when you arrive, and if you're thinking that is too much, trust me it is worth the money. It goes to a good place, as you'll see.

Upon returning home, my wife and I started watching the HBO series Treme. There are many many references to the traditions we learned about from Sylvester at the Back Street Cultural Museum, and I feel like an insider now!

Thank CTM95
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a great museum to immerse your in the culture of New Orleans. It all about indian cheifs in one room and the second line costumes in the other. Shows some of the true culture of the oldest Africian-American neighbourhood the TREME. Well worth a visit.

2  Thank Ross R
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Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Do yourself a favor when visiting New Orleans...get out of the French Quarter and head over to Tremé, the oldest African-American neighborhood in the US and see this collection of Mardi Gras Indian artifacts.
The 4 generation, family-run museum receives no funding of any kind and your guides will be the collectors and curators themselves.
The Smithsonian has tried several times to acquire the collection, do before it heads off to Washington, see this piece of NOLA history where it began, and belongs.

3  Thank Seamere
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum offers authentic New Orleans culture. I highly recommend visiting. It is easy walking distance from the French Quarter. Well worth supporting

1  Thank Nichole C
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

A tour guide recommended this to us and I'm so glad we went. There are two rooms in this house turned museum. One room has the Mardi Gras costumes of the chiefs, etc. and the other lets you see some of the second line costumes and there is a memorial area for those who have passed on. There's nothing fancy about this museum that's off the beaten path, but you really should take the time to see it.

1  Thank mythreesuns
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