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The House of Dance and Feathers

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Ronald Lewis is a great Historian

When we visited NOLA we decided to go to “The House of Dance and Feathers.” When we got there... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
Lexington, Massachusetts
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Cultural visit in the 9th Ward

Your host, Mr.Lewis, is a lifetime resident of the 9th Ward. He has been an active leader in civic... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Janis A
Seattle, Washington
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House of Dance & Feathers is a cultural museum based on Ronald Lewis' participation in the culture of Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs & Skull and Bone Gangs. Opening hours are informal, so please telephone ahead to make an...more
1317 Tupelo St, New Orleans, LA 70117-2036
Ninth Ward
+1 504-957-2678
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

When we visited NOLA we decided to go to “The House of Dance and Feathers.” When we got there another group was already there, but Ronald Lewis got us started right away. He answered all of our questions and taught us about Mardi Gras. He...More

1  Thank ShanCTraveler
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The elderly Mr. Lewis runs this trailer in his back yard as a tourist destination. He played a crucial role in one of the community's krewes. You will find all kinds of knick knacks, headdresses, costumes, and newspaper articles tacked all around this tiny crate....More

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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

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 African American culture, grown in the face of...More

Thank Janis A
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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 in New Orleans. It is small but very authentic...More

1  Thank Daan B
Reviewed 18 February 2017

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 gracious creator/curator, Ronald Lewis. To speak with him is a privilege. Call...More

Thank Bethe D
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Mr. Lewis has assembled a collection of the history of dance and costume for Mardi Gras. He has the knowledge and experience of this celebration and the customs associated with it within the African-American community of New Orleans. It is well worth the time to...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I can't say enough this tour! Go go go! You will not be disappointed. This is a rare living legend - his knowledge and passions for New Orleans is evident.

1  Thank Covington K
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Just that. Get off Bourbon Street and visit this fascinating history of the New Orleans Indians and Mardi Gras neighborhood parades.

Thank Laura Leigh R
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Hubby, my 2 teen daughters and I made an appt with Mr. Lewis to come out and see his museum. We were running late and called him to tell him so and he was so kind to accommodate our time. When we finally arrived at...More

4  Thank cephuslilnation
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Get in your car, go over the canal and into the Lower Ninth Ward. The effects of Katrina still pock the landscape, and there a few blocks in is the House of Dance & Feathers. Ronald Lewis should be cloned and the world would be...More

5  Thank bretjina
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Ninth Ward
People focus too much on the hardships so closely
associated with this well known working class
neighborhood when what’s really most remarkable about
the tightknit community is its indefatigable spirit of
rebirth and ability to stay true to its roots. Perhaps
not an ideal destination for those visitors who tend
to keep well within their comfort zones when traveling
or those with bucket lists filled to the brim with top
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