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. 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 Mardi Gras Indian culture is a unique part of New Orleans. The Indians hand sew amazing costumes every year for Mardi Gras. You have to see them and read about the history. 
    The Mardi Gras Indian culture is a unique part of New Orleans. The Indians hand sew amazing costumes every year for Mardi Gras. You have to see them and read about the history.  more »
  • Entrance times are a bit hit or miss but I was fortunate enough to get there just as another couple were leaving. The collection of Indian suits is amazing. Robert provided a wealth of detail on the.....  more
    Entrance times are a bit hit or miss but I was fortunate enough to get there just as another couple were leaving. The collection of Indian suits is amazing. Robert provided a wealth of detail on the.....  more »
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  • A necessary place to visit in New Orleans! So much history and knowledge exists here. Make sure this is on your list of things to do.
  • I was blown away, such a small museum filled with a lot of NOLA culture. The curator is also a wealth of knowledge a must visit if you are in New Orleans!!!

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