Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
4.5
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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National research library dedicated to documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
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Neighborhood: Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
How to get there
  • 135th St • 1 min walk
  • 135th St • 1 min walk
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Agua To Face It
Sacramento, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
THE WEB CUT OFF MY CHOICE TO SAY MORE...so adding on top of review.
SIs Bro Gender sibling of non conformity!
HERE IS WHERE WE GO. !!!!! Why? Because my/our human people we will feel the under the exhibitions FANTASTIC RESOURCES of Arturo. WHO WAS Arturo? A Puerto Rican Black man! He resolved to get this history so we can unite. Stop fighting between the oppressed. LEARN more. RESEARCH beneath the exhibits. Make appointments. Delight in the microfiche and all the possibilities to follow YOUR choices about Black s . I DID and feel Paul Robeson, he and other communists of color : Claudia Jones..from Trinidad that the usa exploited and Banned. WE CAN BE INSPIRED!

For my LIttle 10 year old cousin. He delights in going to the "SHOP". TOYS in blackness. Books for babies. Oh Titi look here he said we can play this.
Written April 29, 2022
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Harlan R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This was my first visit to the Schomburg, although I have been to NY a few times before. We thoroughly enjoyed the Afro Futurism Comics exhibit. Our personal tour guide was new, but she was knowledgeable and one of the more experienced gentlemen filled in the gaps when needed. In case you didn't know part of Langston Hughes' ashes are beneath the rivers of Africa design in the floor of the entrance leading to the exhibits. We did not have a chance to see the research center or the auditorium because there were classes of young people occupying them. Long live Arthur Schomburg!
Written March 22, 2022
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
This is primarily a place for community and for research, but they do have a couple of exhibit halls. When I went there was an exhibit on abolitionism and on the history of black travel. They were both excellent! They were well organized, visually stimulating, and colorful. Also very informative. The staff were also wonderful and helpful, very welcoming and available for questions. There were so many unique artifacts and documents, paintings, photos etc. Some examples include rare books and postcards written by Malcolm X. The Malcolm X postcards really offered a look into his personal travels. This is a wonderful place for people of all colors (especially white people) to learn about our history and what black people have gone through.
Written August 7, 2021
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LynnTT
Atlanta, GA152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I can't count the number of times that I've visited the Schomburg - I went regularly when I lived in Brooklyn - but this was my first visit in a few years and both exhibits ( Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & Pilgrimage, and Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition) were informative.
Written July 26, 2021
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solotraveller
Glasgow, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Schomburg is bang opposite 135 St Station so easy to get to. I am soo happy that I visited it.

Langton Hughes' ashes are buried on the ground floor with a mosaic of the rivers to depict his most famous poem. Very, very informative museum above and one can't help feel so proud of the contribution of African Americans yet sad and angry that this is not celebrated acknowledged and taught enough. Every racist white American should visit it... might help him see the people he despises in a new light

There are clean washrooms and water fountains which are blessings. The staff is friendly, informed and willing to help. The gift shop has a great array of books by black authors(Yay!), tee shirts, bags and a few souvenirs that were too expensive in mho.
Written January 12, 2020
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Sarina14
New Delhi, India115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This center, which is part of the NY Public Library, is a veritable goldmine for anyone interested in black history and culture. It was the starting point for a tour of Harlem I had signed up for. An internet search for directions to the center perked my interest so much so that I arrived an hour earlier just so I could spend some time discovering this amazing place in the heart of Harlem. I was fortunate to see a special exhibit on Martin Luther King titled Crusader, which had extraordinary photos of Mr. King's visit to India and his acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Oslo. Schomberg Center has so much to offer through its awesome library, exhibits, talks and educational programs. NYC is blessed to have this center.
Written October 24, 2019
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Geoffrey A
New York, New York, United States97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Whether its geology research or history and culture This is the place to visit in NY for all interested in Black History and Culture . Located in Harlem. Before we had genetic ancestry we had the Schomburgh. In addition to material there are great exhibits and works by some of the great writers and activist in our history in America.
Written February 13, 2019
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Sirmor
Montego Bay, Jamaica96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
I'm a member of the Schomburg Library since before the new one was built as a child I would study in the original library on 135 St back in the 60s
Written December 18, 2018
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bhlraven1916
Atlanta, GA943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
This is a must see if you're in Harlem. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Power Movement this exhibit showcases some of the most influential figures in the Black community during the movement. There's another exhibit called the Lost Chapters and Manuscripts of the Autobiography of Malcom X. Really had a great experience and the Staff are very friendly too.
Written November 4, 2018
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kimbamarie
Denver, CO84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
I've been waiting for years to visit the Schomburg. I was not dissapointed. This library/museum fulfilled everything I thought about it and more. It is a beautiful rendition of the work that Schomburg was trying to accomplish during his life. I loved the library collection, the shop, and the museum had wonderful exhibits--the Black Power exhibit was especially satisfying. I cannot wait to visit Schomburg in the future.
Written July 31, 2018
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