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Visit the Schomburg Center

The front doors of the Schomburg Center. The words “Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture'' is written as a metal awning above the front doors.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of The New York Public Library’s renowned research libraries, is a world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

Schomburg Center. Where Every Month is Black History Month!

To learn about the Center’s research divisions, schedule an appointment, or find out about other services, see our resources for researchersPlease note: Division hours may vary.

Don't miss our exhibitions Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures and Been Seen. They run through Tuesday, February 28, and Saturday, March 11, respectively. Boundless and Been Seen are available to view 10 AM—5:45 PM, Monday to Saturday.

The Schomburg Shop sells clothing, jewelry, books, and more for all ages. Items are created by Black and Brown artists. The Shop is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 AM—6 PM.

Though there are no guided tours at this time, we are working diligently to restore this key service to visitors in spring 2023. Please continue to check this page and the Schomburg Tours page for updates and more information.

Masks are strongly recommended in the Schomburg Center and all NYPL locations. 

Black History Month | The Exonerated Five: An In-Depth Look at Their Journey to Justice

 collage of images showing the Exonerated Five looking at the Gate of the Exonerated, microphones in front of them speaking to the media, seated onstage at the Schomburg Center, and a wide shot of Central Park with the sign Gate of the Exonerated.

Photos: Lisa Herndon

Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana Jr., and Korey Wise were all teenagers when they were wrongfully convicted and served time for the 1989 brutal rape of a white female jogger inside New York City’s Central Park. 

The Center’s materials offer an in-depth look at their legal case and their journey to clear their names. The collection includes a historic conversation with Salaam, Richardson, and Santana, Jr., who are known today as part of the Exonerated Five, a few hours after the unveiling of the Gate of the Exonerated at Central Park on December 19, 2022. The day also marked the 20th anniversary of all five being cleared of all charges. Learn more.

Newly Digitized! | Explore the Center's Oldest Photos Online

Archival photo of a male and female person

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The Center's Photographs and Prints Division added 17 daguerreotype portraits to their digital collection. The pictures span the 1840s through the 1850s and are the oldest photos in the division's collection. Images feature Black people across the African Diaspora. 

Invented in 1839, daguerreotypes were one of the oldest and first widely available photographic technologies of its day. Learn more

What's On | See our Public Programs Schedule

Colorful illustration of Black scientists in space, reading and floating in the air next to a logo for the 11th Annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival.

Artwork: TJ Sterling

Coming up this month! Enjoy an evening of music by the Harlem Chamber Players and guest performers as the part of their 15th annual Black History Month concert at the Center on Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 PM. The night includes a world premiere of Episodes in an Unforeseen Departure by avant-garde jazz pianist-composer Aruán Ortiz, hosted by Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and artistic director of the Harlem Chamber Players.

Calling all comic book lovers, cosplayers, publishers, and artists! Our 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival returns Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 from 10 AM - 8 PM. Registration is open. Learn more.

In the Spotlight

Current Exhibitions

  • Been Seen

    Through March 11, 2023
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Highlighting the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910 -1996) and the experiences of Black photographers to illuminate the…
  • Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

    Through February 28, 2023
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    The exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival and…

About the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Interior view of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. As a research division of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center features diverse programming and collections spanning over 11 million items that illuminate the richness of global Black history, arts, and culture.

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