New York

United States

144 West 125th Street
New York
Phone: 212.864.4500
Fax: 212.864.4800

The Studio Museum In Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent, locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.

Since opening in a rented loft at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in promoting the works of artists of African descent. The Museum’s Artists-In-Residence program has supported over 95 graduates who have gone on to establish highly regarded careers. A wide variety of Education and Public Programs have brought the African-American experience alive for the public by means of lectures, dialogues, panel discussions and performances as well as interpretive programs both on-site and off-site for students and teachers. The Exhibitions program has also expanded the scope of art historical literature through the production of scholarly catalogues, brochures and pamphlets.

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Permanent Collection

The Museum’s Permanent Collection includes over 1,600 paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, pastels, prints, photographs, mixed media works and installations. These works have been acquired through donation and purchase, and in 2001, the Museum inaugurated an Acquisitions Committee, which donates funds for purchases to the collection. Featured in the Collection are work by artists such as Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Chris Ofili, Betye Saar, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Hale Woodruff. The Museum is also the custodian of an extensive archive of the work of photographer James VanDerZee, the quintessential chronicler of the Harlem community from 1906 to 1983. Building on the existing Collection – which was inaugurated in 1977 with an acquisition policy put in place in 1979 – the Museum has embarked on an initiative to expand its holding in anticipation of the opening of expanded gallery space in 2007.


Suggested donation is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and under. Admission is free to members.
First Saturdays are FREE!

Opening hours

The Museum is closed on Monday, Tuesday and major holidays
Museum Galleries: Wednesday - Thursday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM;
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Getting there

Subway: A, B, C, D, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 to 125th Street.
Bus: M-2, M-7, M-10, M-100, M-101, M-102, or BX-15.
Parking is available at the Municipal Garage at 126th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

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