Backstreet Cultural Museum, New Orleans
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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. Put Backstreet Cultural Museum and other New Orleans attractions into our New Orleans vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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We stumbled across the museum during our walk through the Treme Fall Festival. I had never heard of it, and was skeptical when they charged me $10 to enter this somewhat run down older house. But SO G... read more »
Situated just behind our Airbnb this was an easy stop. The curator opened it a little early for us and gave an informative narrative on the two rooms. I learned a few things which is always a good thi... read more »
We only ended up here accidently, and what a great find. We saw so many wonderful Mardi Gras outfits, but more importantly we learned so much about the traditions and history of Mardi Gras, Secondline... read more »
Heard very nice things about the history behind the costumes and Indian traditions. Found it a bit pricey at start, but was worth every penny. One the just see attractions in NOLA
Perhaps the only cultural institution in New Orleans (or even the country) that is solely dedicated to the cultural vibrancy of New Orleans's jazz history, as conceived in the historic Tremé neighborhood, as well as that of the Mardi Gras Indian Krewes. The nonprofit, modest and small in its space, packs an extensive display of costumes, paraphernalia and historical documents evident of the culture that characterizes thus movement. This is a must visit for history buffs visiting New Orleans!
Their collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes is outstanding. Go on Mardi Gras day and there'll always be something to see.
Gregor J. Rothfuss
a hidden gem run by one of the mardi gras indian families, and the owner will tell you lots of stories about making costumes.
Fantastic place to learn about the Mardi Gras Indians and jazz funerals. Sylvester, the curator is a wonderful character.
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