It is important to note that the address of this museum has changed--it is now located at 1531 St. Philip St., at the corner of North Robertson, still in Treme.
This museum is a labor of love by the late Sylvester Francis, who singlehandedly acted to record and preserve aspects of New Orleans culture that he feared were in danger of being lost. Now curated and run by his daughter, the current location remains faithful to his vision. The modestly sized single room is literally stuffed with spectacular handmade Mardi Gras costumes, photograph albums of past participants in Mardi Gras celebration (many now deceased) taken by Francis, video footage of Francis talking about his work, and other documentation and memorabilia such as videos, masks, and newspaper clippings. His daughter, who now runs the museum, was there the day we visited and explained to us that the collection will be rotated at Intervals to display more of the items. Being there and listening to her speak about her father's work was a fascinating and moving experience. As small and unspectacular as this place appears from the outside, it provides a glimpse into New Orleans life and culture that can't be had anywhere else.