Backstreet Cultural Museum, New Orleans

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Learn about New Orleans' African American heritage at Backstreet Cultural Museum, where you can browse collections of photos, colorful suits, and more. The museum prides itself especially on the displays of Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, and second lines parades. Time your visit according to special events and witness dynamic musical and dance performances. The museum's founder, Sylvester Francis, used a Super 8 mm camera to document Mardi Gras celebrations, and then started displaying the photos in 1988. For Backstreet Cultural Museum and beyond, use our New Orleans driving holiday planning app to get the most from your New Orleans vacation.
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  • This is a tiny, two-room, privately owned museum in the Treme district. But every inch of it is crammed with amazing artifacts that give a window into New Orleans’ unique Afrocentric cultural rituals,...  more »
  • Passed by this museum many times and finally made it inside. A wonderful collection of Mardi Gras suits in all their splendor and color. Brought my overseas guests and they loved it. Well worth the ti...  more »
  • This jewel of a museum is a tribute to the cultural heritage of the Carnival "Indians" one of Americans most unique art forms. Small and out of the way. It takes a full year of almost daily work on th...  more »
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  • One of the best places we visited. Mr. Robert is a wealth of knowledge. The costumes are amazing. There's more out there than just Mardi Gras and you can learn about it here.
  • This museum is a beautiful display of our (New Orleanians) culture. The trip down memory lane was incredible.
  • If you want to learn about the Big Chiefs and Marti Gras Indians, there is no better place. Warm and welcoming
  • Don't miss the chance to learn about the Mardi Gras Indians and other New Orleans traditions from Mr. Francis' museum!
  • If you want a unique, local, non tourist trap, this is the place to go. Great collection of New Orlean's history.
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