Backstreet Cultural Museum

The Backstreet Cultural Museum lets visitors take a deeper look at African American Culture, with photographs, memorabilia, and more on display.

Travelers can get a feel for New Orleans culture by touring the Backstreet Cultural Museum, a small museum founded by Sylvester Francis, a local photographer and history aficionado. Francis’ museum features a unique collection of costumes, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts related to African American culture. The Backstreet Cultural Museum made a brief cameo in HBO’s “Treme,” so some fans of the series might recognize the space.

Take a Tour of the Museum with the Museum Founder

It’s fun to stroll through the Backstreet Cultural Museum, taking tours of the hodgepodge of items with Francis himself acting as tour guide. Many museum visitors find this to be the highlight of the experience, since they can listen to colorful stories that help recreate the scenarios around the items in the museum’s galleries. The Backstreet Cultural Museum doesn’t offer a cafe or gift shop, and it’s not a fancy museum by any means, but it’s an enjoyable and informative place to visit according to many travelers to New Orleans.