Backstreet Cultural Museum, New Orleans

4.5
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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  • Not quite what I expected but still learned plenty about the African-American Mardi gras culture, which is nothing like what I imagined. It is a small place so not too much to see but still worth it. The lady who explained everything was very nice and passionate which was a plus.
  • Fun and quirky, and important institution for preserving the neighborhood’s history. Definitely worth visiting and supporting.
  • This is a small museum that's packed with a lot of history and culture. We had a lot of questions about the history of Mardi Gras and the staff was able to answer them all. It's definitely a must see if your visiting New Orleans.
  • It's a tiny little museum that is packed with history. Lots of interesting things to see here. It won't take too long to check out the place but it's well worth the visit.
  • A must see. In a time that traditions seem hard to hold onto, they plant the seeds for the future. Thank you Backstreet Cultural Museum for opening my eyes to a piece of New Orleans soul.
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