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The Studio Museum in Harlem

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Address: 144 W 125th St, New York City, NY 10027-4423
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+1 212-864-4500
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Thu - Fri 12:00 - 21:00
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Museum that focuses on historical and contemporary works of...

Museum that focuses on historical and contemporary works of African-American artists.

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Great niche museum in Harlem

I live in Harlem and will often visit The Studio Museum on a Sunday when admission is free thanks to Target. They have temporary exhibits so there is always something new to see... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New York, New York, United States
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live in Harlem and will often visit The Studio Museum on a Sunday when admission is free thanks to Target. They have temporary exhibits so there is always something new to see. It is a small space with several different types of artistic media. They also have a nice gift shop where you can find some unique items.

Thank Anastasianylon
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Studio Museum in Harlem is a wonderful small museum focused on art created by African Americans. The space is roomy, you're not bumping into other viewers and the works are well lit. It's not a big museum but it's definitely worth seeing. And, while you are in the neighborhood, you can check out the world-famous Apollo Theater which is... More 

1 Thank Harvey H
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

The Studio Museum in Harlem delights in destroying stereotypes. The current exhibit called "Black Cowboys" did that for me. I was astonished to learn that 25% of the cowboys in the West after the Civil War were black, part of the great majority of cowboys that came from the South after that war. The photos were collected and arranged by... More 

1 Thank robcurtross
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The Studio Museum was open to the public on Martin Luther King Day. The museum is a collective of contemporary art and political statements. The intimate space host a collection black artwork. If you're in Harlem be sure to check it out. Spend 30 minutes to an hour going through the exhibits.

Thank Devonta W
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

This spot is a great place to see a different side of Manhattan (north of Central Park). Located in a quickly changing portion of Harlem, you could do a walk through, not read anything on the walls, and be done in 45 minutes. Or you could take close to 2 hours to really immerse and LEARN -- which is super... More 

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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank gboi77
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

It's FREE on Sunday, thanks to Target store! Just saw the Black Cowboy exhibit. It alone was worth the trip.

Thank SojournerSole
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

I loved the Alma Thomas show. This museum is just the right size if you want to see incredible art without being overwhelmed. The gift shop is a must-stop if you want great gifts for yourself or friends.

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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is a little gem to be found in the heart of Harlem. They have changing exhibitions and a (rather small) permanent collection. It's small but well-selected. A great advantage of this museum is that it is not crowded like many other NYC art museums (so you can really enjoy the art) and has long opening hours (on some... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

Maybe I had high expectations about this museum so I felt so down when I visited. I was expecting something that would represent the history of art or just art in the black community or even Harlem but nope. It is very small and it is something that a neighborhood would put together. It does not have the level a... More 

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As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighbourhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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