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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Learn about the Mardi Gras Indian Parades and Costumes

We loved learning about the Mardi Gras Indians and the Jazz Funerals and Second Line Parades... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Akron, Ohio
Must see museum!

This gem is tucked away in the magical Treme neighborhood. Is it big and fancy? No, but it houses... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bloomington, Indiana
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Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
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1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
+1 504-522-4806
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved learning about the Mardi Gras Indians and the Jazz Funerals and Second Line Parades. Great costumes and accessories.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 627CometN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gem is tucked away in the magical Treme neighborhood. Is it big and fancy? No, but it houses an exquisite collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes and various other collectibles on display that share and preserve the importance of this unique culture. Definitely worth...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Skimmy21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered this place while on a tour of Treme. It is absolutely a hidden gem. Witness dozens of Mardi Gras indian costumes on display and hear all about the amazing culture and history behind them, as well as learn about jazz funerals and more!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Emily01230
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks Sylvester Francis and family members for keeping this much needed bit of New Orleans and the Mardi Gras, Black Indian heritage alive and well. Unfortunately, the New Orleans area does not offer much when it comes to African American or Indian Culture and Customs,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank wilcares2016
Reviewed 12 February 2019

The Backstreet Cultural Museum wasn't on our list of historical sites or places to see during our visit to New Orleans. And I had done some extensive research on the must-see attractions. But, while visiting other sites, two tour guides suggested that my wife I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

Our tour guide from the Garden District recommended this museum while we were in the cemetery talking about jazz funerals. It's in Treme about 2 blocks from the Louis Armstrong park. Very small place, lots to look at. The father and daughter who manage the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Reena_DePo
Reviewed 1 February 2019

Full disclaimer, upfront. This small exhibit is not for everyone, and I suspect people who are on a budget will feel that the price of admission is a little high. However, if you are interested in offbeat, unique to the city experiences and want to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Gail-NY
Reviewed 11 December 2018

A great atmosphere of making you feel like getting up and dancing with or without a partner. Great music!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lewisteach
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

How impressed you are depends on your expectations. This is a hodgepodge collection of photos, Mardi Gras Indian attire, and videos. It's not the fanciest "museum" out there, but it's quirky, fun, and informative. This museum was pieced together by people who have really been...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank hrobinson1114
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

I went to the Backstreet Cultural Museum by myself, and retuned a few days later with my sister in tow. I just love this museum (tiny as it is) - it is the best place to learn about Mardi Gras Indian tribes, their history and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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That sound? That flavor? That certain je ne sais quoi
that lets you known you’re in “Nawlins” and nowhere
else? It’s all good and in broad abundance on the
streets of Tremé, where so much of what’s considered
to be the very best of New Orleans culture and
tradition is, put simply, just how people go about
their daily lives in this historic part of town. As
one of America’s oldest African-American neighborhoods
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Heather C
27 January 2018|
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Response from StringTheory58 | Reviewed this property |
The owner likes to give a tour and talks a lot about the history of Marco grad as well as the Second Line and Jazz Funerals. It is easy to spend an hour just listening to him. The space itself is quite small. You could go... More