Schomburg Tours

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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.

Guided Tours

The guided tour program was suspended temporarily during the COVID-19 closures. Though there are no guided tours at this time, we are working diligently to restore this key service to visitors in summer 2022. Please continue to check this page and our location page for updates and more information.

Self Guided Tours

Individuals and groups that prefer to visit our current exhibition without a guide are encouraged to do so. Self-guided tours may take place Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4:45 PM. Ideally, groups should not exceed 20 people. Groups with youth or children must have adult chaperones.

Admission is free to view the exhibitions at the Schomburg, however, donations are welcomed. Schomburg Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:45 PM and has an online shop at

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