Curated by Director Helen del Guidice, the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture features an amazing array of Carnival costumes from New Orleans entertainment producer and costume impresario Carl Mack’s private collection, showcasing the rich history of costuming in New Orleans and the variety of ways in which revelers participate in the celebration of Mardi Gras and the Carnival season.
On exhibit are the regalia of Mardi Gras Kings and Queens, elaborately feathered and beaded Mardi Gras Indian suits and Social Aid and Pleasure Club attire, as well as costumes from Carnival Krewe Tableau balls, Cajun Mardi Gras riders, neighborhood walking parades and more.
Walk through the museum for a taste of the amazing and serendipitous creativity that make up the fantastic celebration that is Mardi Gras. Dress up in authentic Mardi Gras costumes and take pictures in our interactive Costume Closet!
The Mardi Gras Museum is also home to a gallery featuring four exhibits throughout the year, currently on exhibit are the works of local photographer Carlos Gonzalez.
The museum also hosts various special events throughout the year.
I love playing tourist in my own city. New Orleans has so many things to offer that the options are endless.
Typically you will find me doing something outdoors, but the weather wasn’t great recently, so I was looking for some indoor options. I heard about a new museum that opened, The Mardi Gras Museum of Costume and Culture, so I decided to check it out.
This past weekend I went to the opening to the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture, and was surprised by the amazing costumes on display. Now I’ve seen many exhibits held at various museums; each with their own display of costumes, and other artifacts. However, this museum is smaller in size, but what makes this one so different is that it holds many costumes from the personal collection of Carl Mack.
I was delighted to attend the opening of Carl Mack’s Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture this weekend. It was the perfect way to kick off the first day of Carnival, especially since they had plenty of King Cake on hand. The walls displayed vibrant photos, mostly by Carlos Gonzalez, celebrating the year-round costuming culture of New Orleans.
From the splendor of Elvis Presley's fabulous Medici collar — complete with a sequined hound dog and blue suede shoes — to a giant wearable pirate ship, to Mardi Gras Indian creations and real costumes worn by the 610 Stompers, a new museum celebrates the costumes of Carnival.
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