Backstreet Cultural Museum, New Orleans

4.5
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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  • The Backstreet Cultural Museum has a wealth of 5 star reviews, but probably doesn't merit that much praise. I think sometimes people get caught up in small museums as hidden secrets, but there has to ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • One of the best places we visited. Mr. Robert is a wealth of knowledge. The costumes are amazing. There's more out there than just Mardi Gras and you can learn about it here.
  • This museum is a beautiful display of our (New Orleanians) culture. The trip down memory lane was incredible.
  • If you want to learn about the Big Chiefs and Marti Gras Indians, there is no better place. Warm and welcoming
  • 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.
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