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.