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Backstreet Cultural Museum

1116 Henriette Delille Street | New Orleans, LA 70116 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 2.0 (2.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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One of the best places to get a feel for the city's unique identity is the Backstreet Cultural Museum. This off-the-beaten-path attraction was established by local photographer and history buff, Sylvester Francis. Visit his museum to view an eclectic collection of costumes, memorabilia, photographs, films and other artifacts related to African American culture. Fans of HBO's "Treme" may also recognize the museum from its brief cameo in the series.

Tours of the hodgepodge collection are given by Francis himself, which many recent travelers found to be the highlight of the museum visit. "A more intimate and informative alternative to a big, expensive bus tour," one TripAdvisor user explained. While the facilities aren't as polished as other museums in the city (the site is family-run, so don't expect a gift shop or cafe), the no-frills presentation is what continues to draw visitors.

Tucked away in the Tremé district (about half a mile northwest of the French Quarter), the Backstreet Cultural Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8. For more information about Francis and his collection, check out the Backstreet Cultural Museum website.

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