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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 people 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, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Guided Tours (Grade 4 and up)

Guided Tours are available on a limited basis Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 3 pm, reservations are by appointment only. For reservations, please complete the Tour Request Form. Please fax (212-491-6760) or email (schomburgtours@nypl.orgthe completed form.

Guided Tours must be scheduled a minimum of 30 days in advance. Guided Tours are limited to 30 people per group. Scheduled tours are usually 30 to 60 minutes depending on exhibition content.

Please remember that if you are more than 30 minutes late for a scheduled tour there is no guarantee that your tour will be guided. Groups may schedule a video with our Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division. For more information, please call 212-491-2236.

No Guided Tours on Saturdays.

Confirmation: If your tour has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation form within 7 business days. Please present your confirmation form at the security desk when you arrive at the Schomburg Center.

Exhibition Hours
Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. To find out more about our current exhibitions, please click here.

Admission is free for the exhibitions at the Schomburg; however, donations are welcomed.