The Backstreet Cultural Museum is a museum in New Orleans, Louisiana's Tremé neighborhood, founded by Sylvester Francis.
The museum's collections include objects relating to the African American culture of New Orleans with a special emphasis on jazz funerals, Mardi Gras Indians, and second lines parades sponsored by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. The museum contains many priceless artifacts of African-American culture in New Orleans, including elaborate, brightly colored suits worn by Mardi Gras Indians in previous years, and rare photos of Mardi Gras Indian "gangs" from the 1940s.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
Nadir Nance | Feb 25, 2018
This museum is a beautiful display of our (New Orleanians) culture. The trip down memory lane was incredible.
Jonathan K | Jan 21, 2018
If you want to learn about the Big Chiefs and Marti Gras Indians, there is no better place. Warm and welcoming
Linsey Rose | Jan 9, 2018
Don't miss the chance to learn about the Mardi Gras Indians and other New Orleans traditions from Mr. Francis' museum!
Kolbe Folch | Oct 25, 2017
If you want a unique, local, non tourist trap, this is the place to go. Great collection of New Orlean's history.
Susan Smith | Feb 28, 2018
Great place to learn more about New Orleans unique history
Maureen Sullivan | Mar 14, 2018
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.
festafarian | May 8, 2018
It's really cool to see those costumes up close. If you have never experienced Mardi gras indians, dont miss this.
NiJaal Mottley | Jun 7, 2018
It's a tiny little museum that is packed with history. Lots of interesting things to see here. It won't take too long to check out the place but it's well worth the visit.
Abbi | Jun 23, 2018
Great exposure to a lesser known aspect of Mardi Gras culture.
Aarti Patel | Jun 18, 2018
Wow! This place is a must for anyone who really wants to see why New Orleans culture is the way it is. Saw this in the doc by Spike Lee about Katrina and after seeing what the 2nd line history was all about, I knew I had to come pay my respects.
N Ridley | Jul 5, 2018
This is a small museum that's packed with a lot of history and culture. We had a lot of questions about the history of Mardi Gras and the staff was able to answer them all. It's definitely a must see if your visiting New Orleans.
Joanne Drummond | Jul 16, 2018
This is a great little museum in Treme where lots of Mardi Gras Indians and other culture bearers hang out. The owner will let you take eight photos of the Indian suits and tells lots of stories about the city's culture. This is a great place to hang out on Mardi Gras as the baby dolls, Skull and Bones Gang and various Indian tribes show up.
Qiana Bynum | Jul 4, 2018
It doesn't look like much but it is history filled and the family that owns it is so nice. The history is great!
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