Backstreet Cultural Museum, New Orleans

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#15 of 31 in Museums in New Orleans
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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  • July 8, 2017
    I was really looking forward to this museum and had it prominently scheduled in my one full, very busy, day in New Orleans. All web info had the hours listed as either Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00 or 10:00...  more »
  • May 28, 2017
    Very small and simple, more found interesting. Jazz Funeral, Second Line and other manifestations. USD 10 to enter.
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  • May 9, 2017
    This little museum is terrific. Sylvester, the owner, has been collecting these items forever and he's more than happy to share his knowledge. The costumes are incredible - the beading is over the top...  more »
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  • May 3, 2017
    A neat little museum! Well worth the $10. Have a walk around Treme after.
  • April 17, 2017
    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).
  • April 14, 2017
    This place is amazing! You must see it if you mind about new orleans Culture Of 2nd Line and black indians Mardi gras!
  • October 14, 2016
    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!
  • January 16, 2017
    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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