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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
Phone Number: +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
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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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Excellent place to learn

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 February 2016
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Auburn, New York
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Kingston, Jamaica
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012 via mobile

The Obama photo exhibit was excellent...can't believe I caught it by accident on the second to last day :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Saw a photo display on Malcolm X and President Obama's frist 2 years in office. Nice place and it's free....

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