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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. 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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  • Went here with friends and we all enjoyed learning the history & culture of The Mardi Gras Indians. Great costumes built with much effort and love. 
  • Really enjoyed the backstreet cultural museum. Sylvester, the owner, taught us the history about the Mardi Gras Indians--the inception, the groups, the process for making the outfits-- about the secon...  more »
  • A family member stumbled on this gem whilst visiting the Treme district and recommended we see it. It is a very small house with a phenomenal collection of costumes worn by the Indian Chiefs at Mardi ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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 The nonprofit, modest and small in its space, packs an extensive display of costumes, paraphernalia and historical documents evident of the culture that characterizes thus movement.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!
  • If you go to NOLA, you GOT to go here. It doesn't look like much from the front, but don't judge the book by it's cover. It is a total cultural experience, not to be missed.
  • Their collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes is outstanding. Go on Mardi Gras day and there'll always be something to see.