The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem
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Thursday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Museum that focuses on historical and contemporary works of African-American artists.
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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
  • 125th St • 7 min walk
  • 116th St • 10 min walk
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347harveyh
New York City, NY41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
The Studio Museum in Harlem is a wonderful small museum focused on art created by African Americans. The space is roomy, you're not bumping into other viewers and the works are well lit. It's not a big museum but it's definitely worth seeing. And, while you are in the neighborhood, you can check out the world-famous Apollo Theater which is close by the museum and dine at the Red Rooster or Chez Lucienne. Both restaurants are within a 2 minute walk from the museum. Makes for a very pleasant afternoon. There's no admission charge on Sunday's thanks to Target Stores.
Written April 2, 2017
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Adam B
New York City, NY13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
Go in Sunday for FREE. It is also FREE information center not only for HARLEM but for all New York. Go inside anytime and ask. Information center and shop is always for FREE.
Written June 4, 2013
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shannon l
Saratoga Springs, NY129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
I enjoyed the exhibit although it is small. It focused on african and spanish art in various media formats. I enjoyed... because it gave me a sense of NYC hip hop culture, 80s...and was thought provoking on various topics. The gift shop is an area that can be improved. They did not have some of the key exhibitors latest works (books) available. I highly recommend if you are the area... nominal fee/ donation accepted and the staff is very friendly and helpful.
Written August 23, 2017
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
I went to the Studio Museum in Harlem for the first time and I really enjoyed it. The shows were not like the shows at the bigger museums that can be endless and after a while overwhelming.

The museum in Harlem mounts very nice retrospects featuring up and coming artists or artists whose reputation is out there but not known well to the general public. The current Shabazz exhibit of photos I really enjoyed about Harlem street life on 125th Street. They also sponsor 'street art' in the parks uptown which I have seen in Marcus Garvey Park and a few others.

Well worth the trip but the hours are a little sporadic. Nice gift shop.
Written July 17, 2017
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robcurtross
New York City, NY13,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
The Studio Museum in Harlem delights in destroying stereotypes. The current exhibit called "Black Cowboys" did that for me.

I was astonished to learn that 25% of the cowboys in the West after the Civil War were black, part of the great majority of cowboys that came from the South after that war.

The photos were collected and arranged by Amanda Hunt, the curator of “Black Cowboy,” who calls it a “small-scale revisionist art history.” The exhibit highlights the ways in which black communities today are celebrating and reclaiming their frontier history, and includes shots of black riders engaging in many aspects of the equestrian arts.

I try to stop by this fine museum every two or three months. There is always something to learn, and 125th Street is constantly fascinating to me.
Written January 23, 2017
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SojournerSole
Memphis, TN33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
It's FREE on Sunday, thanks to Target store! Just saw the Black Cowboy exhibit. It alone was worth the trip.
Written December 4, 2016
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BenTraveller1
Hamburg, Germany27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This museum is a little gem to be found in the heart of Harlem. They have changing exhibitions and a (rather small) permanent collection. It's small but well-selected.
A great advantage of this museum is that it is not crowded like many other NYC art museums (so you can really enjoy the art) and has long opening hours (on some days till 9 pm).
Written October 22, 2016
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Chana B
Houston, TX27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Maybe I had high expectations about this museum so I felt so down when I visited. I was expecting something that would represent the history of art or just art in the black community or even Harlem but nope. It is very small and it is something that a neighborhood would put together. It does not have the level a NYC museum would have. I read about its outdoor area and when I saw it I was more disappointed. There were a few of chairs and the "outdoor area" was the side of the building surrounded by the neighboring buildings. They have a "suggested ticket" price of $7 but the place is worth maybe $2.
Written September 28, 2016
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NYCmodel
New York City, NY562 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
Not a real Harlem history museum
I actually expect more real Harlam or Black culture in this museum. But in fact, this is another art gallery, I mean, I am not saying against the art.
But in fact, when the tourist come to here, they are expected more African American or Black culture, but is not, the museum show a lot art even not from New York, it is from LA? I think it is not very fall to my expectation.
Written August 17, 2015
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RavenE2012
Pearland, TX105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
We had such a nice time at this museum. I left there feeling like my mind had been opened just slightly...
Written April 15, 2015
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