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Reviewed 12 February 2019

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.

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

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.

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank airlink9972
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

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?

Date of experience: February 2013
4  Thank Larry H
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

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.

Date of experience: June 2012
2  Thank Vacation16565906547
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

I always find it interesting how people tend to view museums...like a hit and run accident. Most will run into the museum, make sure that they have a photos taken of them with a famous works of art, and read the title, and then leave. This is not the museum for that. It's a really small place, mostly run by volunteers, and to pay $7 should be an honor to any visitor. You will never, ever visit a museum that provides such a rich history of the African American experience in New Orleans. I was there last summer and there were three fabulous exhibits. One was slave owners and how they thought the slaves had a disease if they didn't want to accept the life of a slave. The second exhibit was about the black Mardi Gras Indians. The third exhibit was about the bridge near the museum that once was a really green park like area with tremendous oak trees. It was destroyed when a bridge was constructed to bypass the Treme area for visitors to go straight downtown into the French quarter. The bridge destroyed a community. It was really fascinating to drive to the bridge after we left the museum to see that street artists had painted murals of famous African Americans on the pillars of the bridge but had also painted oak trees there as well. The staff was extremely helpful and even allowed my husband who is blind to touch the Mardi Gras Indian costume. This museum is about the history of a black community, not about taking a photo next to a work of art. If taking photos are the type of experience you crave, I recommend that you go to the New Orleans Museum of Art, another wonderful museum. This little museum of African American history is one of my favorites...and I've been to a lot of different museums in the world!

Date of experience: August 2011
6  Thank SingletonFamily
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