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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  • Not to be missed. Jaw dropping costumes as well as important history lessons. Definitely check this out!  more »
  • We were fortunate enough to be advised to check out the NOLA Backstreet Cultural Museum run by the Francis family who are a wealth of knowledge! The place is a quaint two room museum housing great pic...  more »
  • Don’t miss this tiny gem in the Tremé, just one block from the French Quarter. The owner guides you through the exhibits touching on the relationship between the African American and the Native Americ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A beautiful collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes.
  • For those wanting to abandon the silliness of Bourbon St and actually learn about New Orleans culture. $10 donation asked for and gladly paid. Highly recommended!!!
  • A neat little museum! Well worth the $10. Have a walk around Treme after.

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