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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Address: 1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
Phone Number:
+1 504-522-4806
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.

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A Neat Little Museum

Make the trip from the French Quarter and go into Treme. This is a great little museum. Sylvester Francis is a cool old guy! A great display of Mardi Gras Indian costumes. worth... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul F
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make the trip from the French Quarter and go into Treme. This is a great little museum. Sylvester Francis is a cool old guy! A great display of Mardi Gras Indian costumes. worth the $10. Have a walk around Treme

Thank Paul F
West Orange, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The collection of costumes are beautiful. It's hard to believe they were made by hand.Its a very small museum, but full of Nola history. After the museum check out Dookey Chase.

Thank monalisa797
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This little museum is a must for anyone who is interested in New Orleans history and culture. The place is packed with Mardi Gras Indian costumes among other memorabilia and the owner gives a great little tour. The intricacy of the beadwork on the Indian costumes is astonishing.

Thank Sampottr
Key Largo, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Run by everyday folks who know the history. See the beaded and feathered Chief costumes, hand-made, close up. Social club garb and much more. It's off the beaten path but I'm so glad we did not miss it.

Thank Queenkonk
Dunedin, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sylvester, the proprietor, is an interesting, entertaining and knowledgeable character. Here you will learn about the Mardi Gras Indians, local culture and then some!

Thank JessieMom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is some guy's house. A hand lettered sign on the door says $10 a head, cash only. You're allowed four photos per side (of the hallway), and you have to ask permission to post anything on social media. No worries. You won't want to. Three rooms of the house have some musty parade costumes in them. Little documentation. Underwhelming.... More 

Thank Laura Malt S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So happy I found this hidden gem. Its a short walk from the French Quarter. This museum houses many donated Indian costumes from Mardi Gras and clearly explains the traditions surrounding them.

Thank Amy N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We'd been intrigued by the Mardi Gras Indians after watching a series called 'Treme', which had a side-story about the Indians. We'd never heard of them before that so, when we went for our second trip to New Orleans, we decided to do a bit of checking out. I found a reference to this museum in the hotel's 'what's on'... More 

Thank Paul O
Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This two-room museum in the Treme lets you see outrageous Mardi Gras costumes, including amazing shoes, up close and person, with a commentary from the owner, one of his friends or his niece. It provides perspective on the African American and Native American influence on Mardi Gras, along with some amazing sights.

Thank GailR52
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Uncle Sylvester was AWESOME. The space is small, however, every single inch has a great artifacts and story. I recommend this cultural experience if you are looking to do something off the beaten path of New Orleans. The donation or cost is $10.00. Worth every dollar. It's a must see!

Thank ToyaSpin

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