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House of Dance & Feathers, New Orleans

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  • Your host, Mr.Lewis, is a lifetime resident of the 9th Ward. He has been an active leader in civic life. A visit to the museum in his back yard will enrich your cultural understanding of New Orleans A...  more »
  • Go here if you want see a different cultural side of New Orleans. Mr. Lewis has gathered a nice collection of parts of suits and accessories of the different kinds of tribes and other street cultures ...  more »
  • This small home-based museum in the 9th Ward is chock-a-block with fascinating objects tracing the history of the Mardi Gras Indians, but the most fascinating aspect of all is the museum's wise and gr...  more »
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  • It is a little difficult to write this review and only give two stars. If I was writing solely based on the service that Mr. Lewis is performing for the culture of the city, and the place that he holds in its esteem, I would give 5 stars. However, I have to write this review based on our experience as tourists who frequently visit New Orleans and who are very interested in its history and culture. Of course, this is not a typical museum, but is in Mr. Lewis's home that he graciously opens up to guests for just an optional donation. Overall though, we found our experience to be pretty disappointing. We were expecting to see a lot of artifacts, but also to be regaled with stories of personal experiences and history. Maybe we where just there on a bad day, but we were offered limited information, and exceptionally brief answers to questions. It is a very difficult museum to navigate without guidance, and we where left to just kind of stare at many artifacts that we did not know or understand the significance of. We left the museum with more questions than new information. A quick note about the Museum's location. It is easy enough to get a cab there from other parts of the city, but very very difficult to get a cab back. There is a bus that runs down St. Claude Ave, but I'm not sure about how frequently it runs. You can actually walk back to the Bywater by crossing the St. Claude Ave bridge on foot. It looks like pedestrians are not allowed, but if you follow the street to the right parallel to where the bridge begins there will eventually be a set of steps up to a pedestrian walkway. We felt perfectly safe walking during the day, but there is not really much around so it can at times be a little uncomfortable. Overall, although we are glad to have met Mr. Lewis and to have seen the museum, I can't say that we would go back or necessarily recommend this museum for most people visiting New Orleans.
  • A great collection of mardi gras Indian memorabilia. The owner/curator is very friendly and enjoys sharing his collection.
  • The intimate connection with the neighborhood is unavoidable. Your guide is a legend. Take a moment. You'll be glad you did.
  • More than amazing! Mr. Lewis & the House of Dance & Feathers was one of the many highlights of my trip to New Orleans. The stories and pride he shared with my friends & I about history & culture is very much appreciated.
  • Hidden gem so let's keep it that way! I hope all visitors respect Ronald's property and legacy. He spent over an hour schooling us on the Mardi Gras Indians and various social clubs...WOW! Incredible experience! Anyone that meets him is a lucky soul!