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New Orleans African American Museum

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New Orleans African American Museum

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1417-1419 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans, LA 70116-2343
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pattypretty wrote a review Jul 2019
Florida56 contributions53 helpful votes
Knew ahead of time they were in the midst of renovating its "Free People of Color Village". Originally didn't put it on my list but things got confused and ended up there anyway. There is artwork on two floors and there is an original Plessy vs. Ferguson document which is a historic legal case taught in all law schools nationwide. Un expectedly, I caught a poorly attended lecture by a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property law and handles musicians, singers and visual artists. I learned the difference between owning an original and owning the digital rights. It was quite an illuminating visit and I would return to see the renovated village when completed.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Taylor B wrote a review Feb 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,571 contributions5,456 helpful votes
The thing about critical reviews of hotels, restaurants and other attractions is you never know whom to believe. For example, one review of the New Orleans African American Museum stated that it was an "embarrassment" and a "disappointment." But another review described the museum as a "hidden gem" with "a beautiful artwork display" and urged visitors to "check it out." See for yourself. The New Orleans African American Museum, located at 1418 Governor Nicholls Street in the historic Treme neighborhood, the oldest surviving black community in the United States. It seeks to educate and preserve, interpret and promote the contributions that people of African descent have made to the artistic, cultural and historical development of New Orleans, as slaves and of free people of color throughout the history of American slavery as well as during emancipation, Reconstruction and contemporary times. That covers a lot and the NOAAM, as it is known, does an excellent job of covering it all. The property encompasses seven historical structures located on the site of a former plantation.The main large building, built of brick in 1828-1829, is the Meilleur-Goldthwaite House, the finest remaining Creole or master's house in the city. Permanent and temporary exhibits spotlight contemporary artists in the main house and in the former slave quarters. One of the museum's centerpieces is the "Louisiana-Congo: the Bertrand Donation," a collection of African beadwork, costumes, masks, textiles and musical instruments. The 70-piece assortment of original African artwork is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It illuminates the parallels between everyday life in the Congo and Louisiana folk culture.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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airlink9972 wrote a review Jul 2013
Memphis, Tennessee1,792 contributions217 helpful votes
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I was really looking forward to visiting the New Orleans African American Museum which is located in the Treme area. However upon arriving, found out from banner on the front fence close until fall 2013. The Museum and several of the homes behind it are in the renovation process and are not open. The banner stated that a pop up gallery is now set up at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation lobby. From the drawings on the banner, a major expansion on covering many views of the rich African American history will be displayed. But have to wait.
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Date of experience: June 2013
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Larry H wrote a review Mar 2013
New Orleans2 contributions7 helpful votes
New Orleans has a rich and unique African American cultural heritage. This place is an embarrassment to the city of New Orleans. Considering that the city gave them $3 million in 2011, what did they do with it?
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Date of experience: February 2013
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Devon Urquhart wrote a review Jul 2012
Anchorage, Alaska22 contributions8 helpful votes
This museum was conveniently located by our hotel, and I'm happy that we had the opportunity to visit! The price was very reasonable, and the exhibits were insightful. I will say that a majority of the artifcacts/exhibit were old books, and that families with young children may not gravitate toward this museum, because each exhibit must include a lot of reading to be truly appreciated. Things that should be known, that weren't shared with us, is that this the location of this museum is truly special-- I googled, and it's located in the heart of the oldest Black neighborhood in America! So much culture and festivities took place there-- staff really missed an opportunity to share the neighborhood's rich history with visitors. Also, there is a beautiful artwork display in an adjascent building, but like another reviewer noted, it is not clearly marked and may go unappreciated. Don't miss out on the photo opportunity to take your picture on the beautiful bench in front of the outdoor mural- this makes for a beautiful photo op. I enjoyed being able to visit this museum-- if there is any free time, check it out! We were visiting during a VERY hot and humid month, so being able to take advantage of this beautiful venue and air conditioning was great.
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Date of experience: June 2012
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