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Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Address: 1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
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+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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An excellent insight into a little known aspect of Mardi Gras

This simple two room museum offers an amazing insight into the Mardi Gras Indian culture, as well as jazz funerals. The intricate costumes are incredible and the story behind them... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

The host was informative when you asked him questions. it was interesting to learn about the Mardi Gras Indian costumes and other social clubs of the neighborhood, from the perspective of the photographer. the Mardi Gras Indian costumes were very impressive...given the detail and work that goes into creating each 'suit', you can see why it took a year to... More 

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

This simple two room museum offers an amazing insight into the Mardi Gras Indian culture, as well as jazz funerals. The intricate costumes are incredible and the story behind them even more fascinating. After a visit to the museum, wander around the Treme district for an insight into the history of this historic neighborhood.

1 Thank Elisabeth B
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 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.

1 Thank Roz M
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 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 

1 Thank LeeBee386
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Mark H
Independence, OR.
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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 

1 Thank RUCP
Arlington, Virginia
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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
2 reviews
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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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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