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“A funky must see!”

Backstreet Cultural Museum
Ranked #66 of 358 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A funky must see!”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

A small museum in a converted funeral home in Treme. The proprietor has a history in the same spot for years. If you want an inside look at the Mardi Gras Indians this the spot to go.

Visited November 2013
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Naperville, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem in New Orleans”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

If you want to learn about true New Orleans culture do not miss the opportunity to visit this home museum. The $8 entry to support this museum was worth every penny. Our host was Ms Anita who was very friendly and passionate about her familys collection of artifacts. The detail in the hand beaded costumes were amazing to look at and the history behind each one was interesting as well. She showed a video of a funeral parade and explained what was involved in having one. She even had photos of a gentleman who asked to be standing up....at his wake! I love finding places like this when traveling. Talking to people who have lived there their whole lives and having just a glimpse of their insight is what traveling is all about.

Visited October 2013
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Timbuktu, Tombouctou, Mali
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointing and Limp”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We read the reviews and felt that a cultural insight in N.O. would be a good idea, however were disappointed with this 'museum'.

The price of 8USD is way too much, it's barely worth a dollar or two. There are tired costumes and scant info, it's more like someone's attic collection stuck on some tired looking mannequins.

The rules of 4 photos in each half of the 'museum' were not enforced but still I think this set a bad tone. Why have such a rule? The lady running the place was friendly and helpful when not counting piles of tourist money. If she had not been there to talk an answer question this place would really have been a waste of time. She was nice.

Not actually a bad place but I really don't think it's worth going to for the price and that there are much better options if you are pushed for time. It's difficult not to spend more than 15-20 minutes here, and you could conceivably spend no more than 5.

Visited October 2013
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Rochester, NY
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“An important stop in NOLA”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

What a treat to visit this museum and get close to the amazing costumes of the Mardi Gras Indians, an important part of the city's social culture. It's only about a block from Louis Armstrong Park, in the history-rich Treme, and a must-see for anyone interested in the real city.

Visited October 2013
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Gabriola Island, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Totally Cool”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Very helpful to get a flavor of what New Orleans Indians and Second Lines are all about. The costumes were amazing to see for real. Treated warmly with lots of info.

Visited September 2013
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