The Weird and Wonderful Mardi Gras Museum of New Orleans

Although its music and cuisine are world famous, today’s New Orleans’ Bourbon Street experience, with its tawdry come-ons and often wall-to-wall street drunks, can quickly wear on a visitor. It made me wonder where I might find other French Quarter attractions that captured the colorful essence of the Big Easy — but in a less raucous manner. That led me to the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture on Conti Street, two blocks northwest of Bourbon.