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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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Address: 515 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem, New York City, NY 10037-1801
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+1 212-491-2200
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Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

National research library dedicated to documenting the experiences of...

National research library dedicated to documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

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Amazing center with wondeful exhibition on Black Power

Arrived to find the Dance Theatre of Harlem were holding a workshop/demo of some of their students. Wonderful performance by young dancers, male and female. Definetly want to... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Essex, Connecticut
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Essex, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Arrived to find the Dance Theatre of Harlem were holding a workshop/demo of some of their students. Wonderful performance by young dancers, male and female. Definetly want to see more. Beautiful restoration, and the staff are very helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Well unfortunately the center was undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation so there wasn't much to see. We looked through the black empowerment presentation on the iPads and was brief but informative background information. Will be back next year!

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Kingston, Jamaica
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

The museum is currently being refurbished (inside & outside) so we did not get a full tour. We saw the available area and got cards at the gift shop. Staff was very helpful and professional.

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Auburn, New York
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

Visited here while in NYC recently. I had found this place on line while looking for places to visit in Harlem. What an excellent resource for learning about black culture. The facility is part of the New York Public Library, so free. You may donate if you like. We took the subway and the center is very conveniently located. Just... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 February 2016

The event I went to on Slavery was interesting but not as advertised. People leaving early left and right. I stayed but quite dissatisfied. I've had enough college. Produce what you advertise.

Thank Zucc50
Linden, NJ
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

After taking the Harlem Walk Tour, we visited this Center during Harlem Week. It has so much history housed in this space. Art exhibits, gift shop, videos of historical African American moments, research library and a host of extras you can only find here. To commemorate Harlem Week one of the exhibits was "Black Lives Matter", which appear to draw... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

Visited the Schomburg Center just before starting the Harlem Free Tour by Foot (separate but most Harlem tours seem to start here). It houses a research library, contemporary art exhibits, and a small but well-stocked gift shop. The art exhibits are small but one ("rainbow" exhibit) was a fantastic celebration of contemporary mixed media art. The other - a series... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Loved visiting for a panel discussion titled Sisters in the Struggle. Four local and out-of-town professors shared fascinating research in a packed auditorium.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

This is an awesome event for comic lovers of all backgrounds! My husband and I had a great time meeting many artists.

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Reviewed 23 February 2013 via mobile

I just finished the third day of a research visit to the manuscript and rare book division. My last trip here was in July and it is just an amazing facility. They house the papers of so many important writers and provide a service to the public that is invaluable. But the staff there is just fantastic. They were responsive... More 

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