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New Orleans Multicultural Museums

New Orleans is a delicious gumbo of cultures and traditions. Not only can you taste the influences of Creoles, Cajuns, Africans, of the French, Spanish, Italian, Irish and American in local foods, but you can see it in New Orleans’ architecture, hear it in New Orleans’ music and sense it in New Orleans’ people. Explore the cultures that transformed New Orleans into a cultural Mecca, America’s true melting pot, and the nation’s most international city.

New Orleans Multicultural Museums
American Italian Cultural Center
537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-7294

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Research Facility

Description: The American Italian Cultural Center in the heart of downtown New Orleans is a repository of priceless information and memorabilia celebrating the contributions of the sons and daughters of Italy to the city’s cultural life.
Amistad Research Center
6823 St. Charles Ave., Tilton Memorial Hall,Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 862-3222

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Research Facility

Description: Located on the beautiful campus of Tulane University in uptown New Orleans, the Amistad Research Center houses the country's largest collection of manuscripts about African Americans, race relations and civil rights. This center is the focal point of research by historians, nonfiction authors, novelists and those pursuing information about their family's history.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum
1116 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-4806

Neighborhood: Treme
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: At The Backstreet Cultural Museum, visitors can find an amazing assortment of memorabilia indigenous to Mardi Gras, jazz funerals and other traditions found only in New Orleans. The museum houses the city’s largest collection of brilliantly colored and elaborately designed Mardi Gras Indian costumes hand made by local artisans costing upwards of $10,000 a piece. In this simple setting, the museum also houses an enormous collection of still photos and video footage of Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals and second lines.
Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans
933 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(855) 514-8139

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Cultural Center


Located on a historic French Quarter property the Irish Cultural Museum explores the over 200 year history of the Irish in New Orleans. The compelling saga is told through interactive kiosks, exhibits, genealogy resources and an award-winning documentary. Cultural events are scheduled throughout the year.

The museum is also home to St. Patrick's Coffee House, a coffee and whiskey bar.

Museum admission is FREE and open to the public.

Le Musée de f.p.c.
2336 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 233-0384

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Le Musee de f.p.c. is a historic house museum dedicated to educating visitors on the culture and history of free people of color in New Orleans. Free people of color, abbreviated f.p.c., is a term used to describe Blacks who were born free before the Civil War. New Orleans was home to the largest population of free people of color during the time. The museum is located in the historic neighborhood of Treme on Esplanade Avenue. Le Musee houses a collection of art pieces, furniture, and documents that represent the valuable history of free people of color in the city.
George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art
2003 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 586-7432

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Featuring the private collection of Dr. Dwight McKenna, the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art is an institution that collects, exhibits, and preserves the visual aesthetic of people of the African Diaspora.
New Orleans African American Museum
1418 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 566-1136

Neighborhood: Treme
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The New Orleans African American Museum is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting through education the history, art, and communities of African Americans in New Orleans and the African diaspora.
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