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Backstreet Cultural Museum

1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
+1 504-522-4806
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very interesting collection

This museum is in the rooms of an old house in the Treme district that escaped flooding from... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lee M
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Atlanta, Georgia
Authentic!

My family comes from the bayou, so I never knew anything about Mardi Gras Indians until I watched... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
zdevore
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Burbank, California
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Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
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1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70116-2330
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is in the rooms of an old house in the Treme district that escaped flooding from Katrina. It contains a large collection of ‘Indian’ Mardi Gras costumes and tells the history of this cultural phenomenon. Other rooms house memorabilia from legendary jazz artists...More

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 5 November 2017

My family comes from the bayou, so I never knew anything about Mardi Gras Indians until I watched "Treme" The woman who runs this place is authentic and warm and informative.She'll talk to you all day, or leave you alone to peruse. Well worth the...More

Thank zdevore
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Chattin' with ole Sylvester about Mardi Gras, Jazz Funerals and his life was one of the true highlights of New Orleans.

Thank Gnq
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Support this family owned business that gives you great insight into jazz funerals, the birth of jazz and Indian suits. Be ready to read and ask questions to get the most out of it.

Thank kalfo
Reviewed 8 July 2017

I was really looking forward to this museum and had it prominently scheduled in my one full, very busy, day in New Orleans. All web info had the hours listed as either Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00 or 10:00 to 5:00. I walked the 2 miles...More

Thank cc_explorer
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This little museum is terrific. Sylvester, the owner, has been collecting these items forever and he's more than happy to share his knowledge. The costumes are incredible - the beading is over the top and feathers everywhere! Everthing needs a bit of dusting/cleaning. Maybe some...More

1  Thank TravelBug89523
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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...More

Thank Sampottr
Reviewed 19 April 2017

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
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Treme
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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