The Studio Museum in Harlem (SMiH) was established in 1968 in a rented loft space on Fifth Avenue, with a mission to promote the work of contemporary artists of African descent. Since, the Museum has nurtured the development of nearly 100 promising artists through its Artist Residency program.
The SMiH permanent collection features the work of those artists, as well as iconic African American artists such as Romare Bearden. Exhibitions explore the work of individual artists and focus on particular media or modes of expression. The Museum’s educational and public programs include lectures, dialogues and performances in various disciplines, fostering an appreciation for the arts in the local community, with the intention of growing the local artistic tradition of this under-recognized but culturally vibrant part of New York City.
The Studio Museum in Harlem (SMiH) Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (convenient to subway lines 2 and 3 at 125th Street/Lenox Avenue; the A, B, C, and D at 125th Street/St. Nicholas Avenue; also buses M2, M7, M10, M60, M100, M101, M102 or the BX15)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Thursday/Friday noon–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday noon–6 p.m., closed Monday–Wednesday; closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
- Admission: Adults $7, Seniors/Students $3, Members/children under 12 free
- Free Day: Free admission every Sunday
- Tours: Guided tours are available for groups of between 10-30 visitors. Rates per individual: adults $11, college students/seniors $8, students K-12 $4. At least 3 weeks advance notice required to schedule. Special tour/workshop packages available to school groups; accommodations made for groups with physical or developmental challenges
- Membership: Individual annual membership is $50 ($75 Family/Partner). Benefits include unlimited free admission, invitations to exhibition openings, free or discounted admission to educational or public programs, and Museum Store discounts.