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. The museum was founded by Mr. Mack not only to display his own collection, but to house costumes, pictures, and other artifacts from around the city and region. Museum Director Helen del Guidice stated that “it’s not only a place to house an extraordinary collection, but to educate the public about the culture of Mardi Gras as a whole”. Ms. del Guidice is currently working to expand museum services to hold workshops and educational courses.
One such program is a food drive for St. Jude community center and the Acadian region. This program will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6-10PM at 1010 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA. This food drive will help provide needed food for low-income and the homeless. There is a $10.00 donation and please bring non-perishable food items. If you cannot attend the event, please feel free to drop off your non-perishable food at the museum.
I highly recommend that you take the time to visit the museum on your next visit to New Orleans. The museum is open from 10:00AM until 5:00PM daily, located at 1010 Conti Street, New Orleans; admission $15.00/Adults, $10.00/Louisiana residents, $5.00/Ages 16 and under, and discounts are available for seniors, students and military. For more information please call: (504) 218-4872, or visit their website at: www.themardigrasmuseum.com.