Backstreet Cultural Museum Tours
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Visitors from around the world come to the Backstreet Cultural Museum to learn about New Orleans’ African American culture and Mardi Gras traditions. The museum got its start decades ago when a man named Sylvester Francis began taking pictures of Mardi Gras celebrations. Today, along with photographs you’ll find elaborate costumes, artifacts and memorabilia, much of which has been donated over the years.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum offers guided tours to help visitors understand the importance of New Orleans’ processional traditions, and in addition to permanent exhibits, the site hosts music and dance performances.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum is open Tuesday through Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. It’s located near the French Quarter in the historic Tremé neighborhood.
Address: 1116 Henriette Delille Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Backstreet Cultural Museum
Two hundred years before the HBO television series made Tremé an emblem of the cultural richness of New Orleans, the residents of the faubourg Tremé drummed, danced, and second lined their way into history. The oldest African American neighborhood in the United States as well as the birthplace of jazz, Tremé boasts a history of civil rights activism and jazz rhythms that still inspires. Explore the Tremé at your own pace with this highly acclaimed self guided audio tour of New Orleans. From Congo Square to Brass Band Heaven and the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, the Faubourg Tremé will get under your skin. The tour is ready whenever you feel like “Walking the Tremé.” With your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place. If you prefer, you can download the tour and use it offline as well.If you've got an hour or so and want to explore a neighborhood like no other, then this is the tour for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Backstreet Cultural Museum?
The best ways to experience Backstreet Cultural Museum are:
- Walking the Tremé Neighborhood: New Orleans Self-guided Audio Tour
- St. Louis Cemetery #2 and Treme Walking Tour
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