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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Address: 1116 Henriette Delille, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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Interesting visit in Treme

Went here with friends and we all enjoyed learning the history & culture of The Mardi Gras Indians. Great costumes built with much effort and love.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with friends and we all enjoyed learning the history & culture of The Mardi Gras Indians. Great costumes built with much effort and love.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the backstreet cultural museum. Sylvester, the owner, taught us the history about the Mardi Gras Indians--the inception, the groups, the process for making the outfits-- about the second line, and major jazz musicians from Treme. Definitely recommend and getting the run down from Sylvester. The most historical and interesting part of my trip.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A family member stumbled on this gem whilst visiting the Treme district and recommended we see it. It is a very small house with a phenomenal collection of costumes worn by the Indian Chiefs at Mardi Gras. We were fortunate to get a brief lecture explaining the history and ongoing tradition of these costumes and of the Indians. This is... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Little known to outsiders is the culture of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. The festive suits featuring brightly-colored feathers and hundreds of hours worth of hand-sewn bead work aren't to be missed.

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Independence, OR.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Having had an interest in this part of the local culture that dates way back, we were thrilled to find out that there was a small museum dedicated to it. Even though we already knew quite a bit about it, there were multiple opportunities to to learn more of the customs surrounding the making and wearing of the regalia. The... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Anyone interested in popular culture should pay this small gem of a museum a visit. The museum consists of three rooms which display costumes used in Mardi Gras Indian parades. It was very special to be able to get close to these exquisite artifacts. The museum docent who gave us the background on the costumes came from generations of Treme... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Wonderful history and amazing detailed costumes. Worth the visit! Thank you Mr Francis for your information and explanations.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We stumbled across the museum during our walk through the Treme Fall Festival. I had never heard of it, and was skeptical when they charged me $10 to enter this somewhat run down older house. But SO GLAD I did it. Hearing some of the history of the social clubs and the Mardi Gras Indians was really fascinating, and of... More 

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Timbuktu, Mali
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Situated just behind our Airbnb this was an easy stop. The curator opened it a little early for us and gave an informative narrative on the two rooms. I learned a few things which is always a good thing. Takes about 30-60 minutes. A little pricey if you have a big family. If you ask they might make a deal.... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We only ended up here accidently, and what a great find. We saw so many wonderful Mardi Gras outfits, but more importantly we learned so much about the traditions and history of Mardi Gras, Secondline, and Jazz funerals. It was well worth the cost to get in and our trip to NOLA was far better because of finding this place.

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