The Lower Ninth Ward was one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina, and for many it became synonymous with destruction and disaster. But residents have a very different view of the neighborhood. Roland Lewis, a Ninth Ward native and former streetcar worker and union rep, showcases the heritage of his home in his actual home, which has been converted into this awesome museum-cum-community-center.

House of Dance & Feathers brims with exhibits on Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aide and Pleasure Clubs, and the basic gestalt of a unique American neighborhood. To get here you’ll need a car and you’ll need to call Lewis beforehand, as the museum is open by appointment only. Admission by donation.