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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  • My family comes from the bayou, so I never knew anything about Mardi Gras Indians until I watched "Treme" The woman who runs this place is authentic and warm and informative.She'll talk to you all day...  more »
  • Chattin' with ole Sylvester about Mardi Gras, Jazz Funerals and his life was one of the true highlights of New Orleans.  more »
  • The Backstreet Cultural Museum was a little disappointing, even though the two room are placed in the Mardi Gras Indians costumes were handsome. The Museum's Guide should be able to ask questions about the subject, but he did not directly told anything at all. Signage were miniscule, or trial anti-virus was running out. It is recommended only for those interested in the subject really!
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  • A neat little museum! Well worth the $10. Have a walk around Treme after.
  • Before you go to this place, read up on black Mardi Gras. This is not a traditional museum. It is three rooms in a guy's house and costs $10 a head in cash. You will only understand what you are seeing if you have some background in the history of the Mardi Gras krewes and how they traditionally excluded blacks, and some idea of the traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians (who are not American Indians, but are African American).
  • This place is amazing! You must see it if you mind about new orleans Culture Of 2nd Line and black indians Mardi gras!
  • Incredible display of cultural history. The curator is both informative and kind hearted. If you want to know New Orleans, then this should be one of your sources!
  • It doesn't look like much but it is history filled and the family the owns it are so nice. The history is great!

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