Harlem Gospel Experience Tour in New York, NY

Inside Out ToursSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture New York, NY 10037
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Experience the incredibly moving culture of gospel music while walking the streets of the greats such as Michael Jackson, Malcolm X, Billie Holiday and more. Tour guests will enjoy sites including the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hotel Theresa, and Striver’s Row. Guests are treated to an energetic worship service at a local gospel church.


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Enjoy a neighborhood tour of the cultural capital of Black America and experience the soulful sounds of gospel music. Explore the streets of greats like Billie Holiday, Malcolm X and Michael Jackson while viewing legendary sites like the Apollo Theater, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Striver’s Row, Hotel Theresa and much more. End your tour with a traditional African American gospel music performance at a service in a local gospel church.

Tour Duration: 3-3.5 hours
Tour Distance: 1.2 miles / 1.9 kilometers
Tour Time:
• Sundays (year-round) at 8:30 am
• Saturdays (April - Oct.) at 8:30 am

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Melbourne, Australia
"Great Harlem Gospel Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
Knowledgeable Harlem neighbourhood guide Stefan, and such a warm welcome at the United Methodist Church - great immersion experience in NYC
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Guadalajara, Mexico
"More interesting than expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 10, 2019 NEW
Walking and learning about the Brooklyn Bridge and the DUMBO neighborhood was definitely a great experience, and more than expected. Both places are really amazing and full of history. I really recommend it.
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"Excellent Tour over the Brooklyn Bridge"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019 NEW
Thanks a lot to Kevin, our guide, on the walking tour from Manhattan over the Brooklyn bridge to Dumbo. We learnt so many details about the bridge, the circumstances of its building and the history of Dumbo. We highly recommend this tour!
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Stockholm, Sweden
"Sunday service Gospel"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019 NEW
Very good guide and so was The whole Tour, we liked the parts of walking thru harlem with stories and to finish with gospel
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Auckland, New Zealand
"Great tour with a great guide."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019 NEW
To get a flavour of the city beyond the usual tourist traps I’d highly recommend the Walking Harlem Gospel Tour. The host had a deep knowledge of the place music & worship had to the African Americans who were an integral, though often overlooked, part of New York’s transformation into one of the great cities of the world. Passing by the homes of Billie Holiday and Scott Joplin as well as a stop at one of the world’s most famous theatres, The Apollo, and finishing with a church service that we were welcomed most generously into, this tour will remain one of the highlights of my visit. Rain (as it did on my visit) or shine, it is a fantastic walk.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Harlem Gospel Experience Tour

How long is the entire tour?
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours including the worship service.

When are tours available?
Tours operate at 9am on Sundays in March through December.

Where does the tour begin?
All guests should meet in front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to join the tour.

What should I wear?

Due to the nature of the tour and the participation in a worship service, tour guests dress appropriately for walking and for the service. Guests should not flip flops, tank tops, or shorts.

What are the age restrictions for this tour?
Children are allowed to accompany their parents or guardians on this tour. However, due to the length and topic of this tour, it is recommended that parents make a decision as to whether the tour is appropriate for their children.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, you may bring a camera for pictures. Video cameras or tape recorders are not allowed. During the church service, camera use is prohibited.

Will the tour operate if it rains?
Yes. Tours are rain or shine and all guests should dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

What is the cancellation policy?
Any cancellations made by the listed cancellation date will receive a FULL REFUND with absolutely NO CANCELLATION FEES. Any tour reservations past the cancellation date cannot be changed or canceled.