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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bhlraven1916
Atlanta, GA1,466 contributions
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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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Sarina14
New Delhi, India105 contributions
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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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LynnTT
Atlanta, GA154 contributions
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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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Geoffrey A
New York, New York, United States93 contributions
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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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Trina B
Los Angeles, United States34 contributions
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Jun 2018
Please visit the Schomberg Center. It is a wealth of black history displayed in such a beautiful manner.
Written June 26, 2018
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Travelsindinero
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA104 contributions
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Jan 2018
The Schomburg Center is a branch of the NY Public Library system that dedicates itself solely to literature, art, music, history, and media related to Black culture. It is formally a research center where scholars and students from across the globe, and local New Yorkers go to do research on a great variety of topics related to peoples of the African diaspora, The Schomburg Center is also a museum that holds photographs, films, and memorabilia of historic Harlem. The center is named for Alfonso Arturo Schomburg, the Afro Puerto Rican original owner of the materials held in this center. Schomburg was a bibliophile that collected books from all over the world written by black intellectuals. His intentions, at that time, was to prove to the world the talents and the intellect of Blacks. The NYPL system purchased his entire collection for $10,000 early in the 20th century and Schomburg used the money to travel more to purchase more books to be added to the collection. Schomburg worked as the library’s curator for many years, until his death in 1938. The Schomburg Center today has many community activities including documentaries and presentations about Black culture. The Schomburg Center also hosts reserach fellowships and a Scholars-in-Residence Program and those recipients do presentations of their reserach. But, the Schomburg is truly the center of historic Harlem, containing valuable materials that protect the history and culture of neighborhood. It represents the intellectual activity and is living proof of a living culture. It is a must-see for everyone who appreciates African American culture, whether you are a scholar or simply interesting in learning more about the African diaspora in the US.
Written February 9, 2018
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W Bill Smith
Brooklyn, NY150 contributions
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Feb 2011
I was in the fifth grade, attending P.S. 175-Manhattan in my new neighborhood Harlem, New York City when I first came in contact with the old Schomburg Collection located on 135th Street in Harlem. I am so impressed with how this library has grown to what it is today in it's new location on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem.

Arturo Alfonso loaned objects from his personal library to the New York Public Library until his total collection of 10,000 items was purchased by the Library with the assistance of the Carnegie Corporation. Today, at the current site of the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, there are more than 5,000,000 items such as artifacts, recordings, manuscripts, motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, recorded music discs and sheet music. In addition, there is an 11,000 item digital library that can be accessed world wide by computer where you can browse more than 11,000 relating to African the African continent and the African Diaspora going all the way back to the 17th century.
Written December 19, 2011
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jennifer s
Sydney, Australia79 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Couples
We visited the Schomburg centre in Harlem during our week stay in Manhattan, and were delighted with the exhibits- a glorious art exhibition by Firelie Baez and a fascinating display called 'Black Power' reflecting the many ways in which African Americans have fought for equality- both through the arts and through political avenues. But the exhibitions are positive and uplifting
Written July 9, 2018
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D J
Atlanta, GA49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
I get emotional when I think of our visit to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The name says it all, but to experience some of the most brilliant minds share their gifts and talents at a very special Langston Hughes poetry slam was an over top, rewarding experience! if you want to visit Harlem with no regrets, a visit to the Schomburg Center is a must!
Written April 16, 2018
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347harveyh
New York City, NY41 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Friends
This Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the NYC Library System, has some very interesting exhibitions, most recently one on the Black Power Movement. It's easy to get to by subway. It's located a short walk from 125th Street, the commercial spine of Harlem and close to the Apollo Theater and the Red Rooster, a fun restaurant, with a wonderful vibe, great food and service, and prices that won't send you to the poor house. Check it all out on the web.
Written August 19, 2017
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