Please pardon our appearance as the Schomburg Center undergoes renovations until fall 2016. During this time, there will be no guided tours and the two main exhibition galleries will be closed.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library is generally recognized as the world’s leading research library devoted exclusively to documenting the history and cultural development of peoples of African descent worldwide. From its founding in 1925 during the Harlem Renaissance, the Center has amassed vast collections of over 10 million items.
Resource materials are organized by format into five distinct divisions: Research and Reference; Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books; Photographs and Prints; Moving Image and Recorded Sound; and Art and Artifacts. A cultural center as well as a repository, the Schomburg Center also sponsors a wide array of interpretive programs, including exhibitions, scholarly and public forums and cultural performances.
Self-Guided Tours (All Ages)
Self-guided groups that prefer to visit any of our exhibitions without a guide are encouraged to do so, but reservations are still required for groups of 15 or more. Please download the Self-Guided Tour Packet. We welcome individuals, schools, organizations, or companies to tour the facility and exhibition spaces.
Self-Guided Tours are available from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more about our current exhibitions.
Please note there are no guided tours on Saturdays.