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Studio Museum Harlem

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Founded in 1968, the Studio Museum in Harlem is the first black fine-arts museum in the country and remains a black artistic epicenter, showcasing the works of artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally.

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Fantastic exhibitions featuring the highest caliber of art by artists of African descent.

Fantastic curatorial and educational programming.

A special place that anyone and everyone should visit, and visit again and again.


Ever since I was a lil dude I've loved this place. It is THE staple of Harlem, the home of African-American creative visual culture. Sure, art galleries are popping up left and right in Harlem now, but The Studio Museum was here first and it'll be here when these johnny-come-lately places all start to die off. Far from pretentious, it's a place where the history of Harlem hangs out, from Romare Bearden to the artist that you don't even know about who is changing perceptions with their creative strokes, this is THE place. Just like ya boy Pumkin Escobar, it's in Harlem. Come here, getchu some culture. You'll be glad you did.


I attended a fashion and visual performance here for Harlem Fashion Week and what a superb show, but I didn't expect anything less. A close friend of mine was one of the models so I was lucky enough to be on the guest list, which was the only way to enter this night. The event was extremely well curated with compelling visual imagery throughout all rooms. The models stood in other rooms and painfully posed steady for hours. It was amazing. I hope to attend a show there again soon.


An excellent experience. It is a very nice facility. Director and chief curator Thelma Golden knows how to put exhibits together.


the modern art is very interesting, mostly photography and installations, plus creative objects that make you really think about the history of harlem


i am age 6.........

amazing kids program,if you go to the mezzanie there colorful trees totally go there


I pretty much loved all the NY museums except this one. The art didn't appeal to me. If you want to give it a try pay $1 instead of the suggested $7.


Excellent staff.


I never visited this place. It keep popping up


Great place. One of my favorite small museum.


I was born in Harlem should I used to lay down on the ground and pick dimes and pennies and quarters out of the railroad grades. Me me and my brother used to shine shoes in front of the Apollo and the Coco cabana on 125th street back in the day back in the late fifties and sixties and still love my home


Wonderful experience at his excellent gallery. A current up to date representation of contemporary art. The African diaspora represented with visual expertise in a variety of artistic formats. Free Sundays!


wonderful museum , too bad the people in the community don't frequent the museum often, you will find a lot of tourist there instead..its FREE on Sunday no excuse !


Great if sightseeing


Cheap and an amazing gift shop! Cool outdoor seating area. Located in the heart of Harlem, steps away from the Apollo Theater. Love the fact that the exhibits change so frequently. Will revisit.


The exhibits are beautiful and deeply thought provoking and I love that you receive a a copy of their magazine, upon entry.


Nice gallery. Features some nice programs for young local photographers. GREAT selection of books in the shop.


Great place to bring your kids on Sunday to do fun activities and to look at amazing art work


A really interesting place. The exhibition was nice and well build. Additionally on this evening there was a dance party, which was really odd for me. But I enjoyed it a lot.


They curate amazing galleries. Occasionally really insightful artist talks are also hosted in their auditorium.


I loved the set up. I just wish they had more pieces.


Small art museum that highlights the culture, history, and struggles of African-Americans. Loved the beautiful paintings and black-and-white photographs. Free admission every Sunday.


Great and interesting museum filled with art work from African-American artists


The Studio Museum is a beautiful and contemporary collection of black art and pictures. Filled with works dedicated to current events: Charleston Shooting, Black Lives Matter and Baltimore Riots.

The intimate venue is perfect for a Saturday afternoon date or Sunday stroll with friends.


This is a fantastic museum that definitely deserves more visitors. The culture and art of Harlem is truly displayed in this space. It's also a very instagramable location.


A nice little getaway. Absolutely, enjoyed myself while there.


Our tour guide was great and was very can tell she knew her history.


A museum with a great expanse of Black Art and excellent curation in the heart of Harlem's West Side.


Thoroughly enjoyed the place. The art was great and very much so appreciated. The gift shop was nice gifts - got a shirt and bracelet as a gift. The employees weren't as friendly as I would have preferred - a bit unnecessarily snappy but nothing too crazy. Overall I enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend it.


Small but quality gallery specializing in Afro-American contemporary art. A must see when visiting Harlem.


LOVE LOVE LOVED! We had a wonderful tour and it was in walking distance from our hotel. Such a community gem.


great exhibitions, great location. great welcoming. they accept nyc id. well lighted, wax exhibition. loved it. corteous hostess


Do yourself a favor: Go see this museum. Learn something new and enjoy amazing art.


Really nice museum, great exhibitions. However it's small, so you won't be spending very long at the museum. The gift shop is also nice.


Small museum with a good curator and excellent collection of African American art. There are also hands-on workshops for children and adults.


Great museum with great events. Also Harlem isn't dangerous there are just many people of color. Smh.


Most interesting exhibition. Nice shop. There's nothing dangerous in the neighborhood.


The installations and peices are beautiful but quite abstract. We were not only out of towners but out-of-countryers, as appreciative as we were, the nuance must have been lost on us. Still worth the visit and exploring!


One of my favorite museums in New York City. I am appreciative of the exhibits that showcase African American art.

I look forward to attending special events and concerts!

The museum is located near public transportation .

The postcard collection is interesting and free for visitors to take a postcard or two.

Whenever family or friends visit I take them here.


In depth view of black American history and influence within modern day America


Centrally located, a quick dose of art and culture without being overwhelmed. Stroll in and out and take in the rest of what Harlem has to offer.


Really enjoyed this with artistic and thought provoking exhibits on three levels. Some but not all items make strong social commentary that should make one reflect. They told us they will close in 10 days for over a year to knock down and rebuild a larger museum facility on the same plot.


Very disappointed. We arrived 13 minutes before closing ,due to subway delays, and the front desk guard sent us away and stated they were closed. I do not appreciate businesses having confirmed business hours advertised on the web yet don’t honor it. As small black business owners we have got to do better. Even after we stated we came all the way from Queens just to see the museum, we were responsed with a shoulder shrug and a insincere apology. The museum is not big and would take less than 10 minutes to view. The staff was very unreasonable.


We had a wonderful time exploring this amazing cultural spot in Harlem.


The Studio Museum in Harlem generally offers a fascinating multiplex perspective on African and African American life for those who are open to it. We didn't get to see much, as the exhibits are being packed for moving out of the building, which is going to be torn down; a new, gorgeous building is planned, and we look forward to seeing it in the future! For people considering visiting this museum, check the website for information, as exhibits will be available in nearby locations beginning in May 2018. The museum store alone is well worth a visit! It and the small amount we were able to see let us know this is a fabulous museum to which we will plan another visit.

As for the perspective that the museum is located in "a dangerous neighborhood" shared by one reviewer; I disagree. That comment is incorrect, and, frankly, it sounds racist. We walked all over that neighborhood completely safely, going first to the museum, then to Best Market Harlem, and then to Lee Lee's Bakery. We were never bothered--and I'll bet that other reviewer was never bothered, either. My husband and I were struck by how alive Harlem feels--a wonderful energy and spirit permeates the entire area. Go with an open mind--you won't regret it!


The museum is currently closed to the public for building expansion but it always has amazing exhibits and I hope everyone visits when it opens again!


We loved it but unfortunately the exhibits are closed due to major renovation. Will be back in 2021!!!


Love this place! Great art resides here, the exhibits are always so thought-provoking. Come here to see fantastic black art.


A much needed documentations of black history in the mecca of black history, Harlem. Enjoyable experience, and 125th street is completely gentrified at this point, so much less dangerous than years past...


Got here by accident after hours on their last day before a three year hiatus for a major renovation. Turned out there was a party and we ended up dancing to funky music, drinking beer and having a good time, really off the tourist beaten track. Everyone was super friendly and inviting. Hope the renovation goes well and we can come back in three years and see it. Good luck!


my kids love this place, they wanna go every darn weekend's great








Arguably the best-curated museum in NYC.


It's a beautiful space. Staff can be very helpful. Maybe I look a little bit too white?


The Studio Museum in Harlem is nice place to go see different paintings because they have nice paintings from really good artists who make the nice masterpieces drawing different paintings and those artists are very artistic drawing those paintings they made for people to see how famous the artists are doing nice artwork.


I love it took my son jonathan and my baby said mommy awsome


Can't recall, or I must've been a passersby with my phone on!

Otherwise I would've remembered more. Clearly


I enjoyed the exhibit although it is small. It focused on african and spanish art in various media formats. I enjoyed... because it gave me a sense of NYC hip hop culture, 80s...and was thought provoking on various topics. The gift shop is an area that can be improved. They did not have some of the key exhibitors latest works (books) available. I highly recommend if you are the area... nominal fee/ donation accepted and the staff is very friendly and helpful.


Excellent place to go to see art from known and unknown harlem artists.


Museum galleries are closed while under renovation for the next 3 years but you can visit various instillations by checking out their website. Just a heads up for anyone trying to visit in the near future.

Paul L.



I remember seeing one of the first major exhibitions of Chakaia Booker's rubber tire pieces here years ago. At the time, I don't know where else in this and 44 more

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