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“the real thing”

Backstreet Cultural Museum
Ranked #69 of 371 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you are expecting a fancy museum you will not find it here. Instead you will find a real place , right in the Treme, full of Mardi gras Indian culture. Its a small place, the tour is personal. The gentlemen giving the tour is real, he knows the culture, the history, the people. get off your cell phone, and listen to him. Take in what he says,, the tour cost $8 and is worth it for many reasons. Sylvester Francis explained to us that you don't see corporate logos on the costumes. The fees go to support this wonderful one of a kind culture and we were proud to pay . There is much to learn,,, so enjoy the time. BTW, if you watch the HBO series Treme,,, Mr Francis is in one epidsode. He was kind , gracious and invited us to a Mardi Gras Indian Jazz funeral. Unforunately we had to leave town before the date-something we still regret. We'll be back in New Orleans next year and will go to BackStreet again for many reasons..

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Reviewed August 1, 2014

a very small museum showing the costumes of Mardi Gras Indians. These costumes are breathtaking. Totally with the $8 ticket. Lot of displays on second line and other jazz greats too.

Thank Ray L
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Family run, community center, the Backstreet Cultural Center in Treme, a couple of blocks east of Armstrong Park, celebrates the Mardi Gras Indian and Second Line traditions of the neighborhood with caring vision and especial sense of agency and possession. Be sure to get a personal tour from Mt. Francis or his daughter. Worth visiting each time in town. Walk to St. Louis #1, then Armstrong Park-Congo Square-Perseverance Hall #4 and over to Backstreet.

Thank Art_Menius
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Mr. Francis gave us a great tour! We showed up at opening time and had the place to ourselves. We were treated to such an amazing wealth of knowledge from Mr. Francis about the Mardi Gras Indians, Skull and Bones, Jazz Funerals, anything of real interest in NOLA's cultural heritage. It's a fascinating place, not just because of the beautiful Indian suites, but Mr. Francis's wealth of knowledge and love of it all.

1  Thank Kate M
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Wonderful, detailed, candid explanation of some Mardi Gras traditions. The exhibits were overwhelming and would have taken a long time to ask questions about all the details (Mr. Francis was delightfully... verbose). A more intimate and informative alternative to a big, expensive bus tour. I could go back a couple times and still not get everything!

Thank jakeyac510
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