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Harlem Gospel Experience Walking Tour

Quick Details

Calendar Schedule: April to December | Sundays

Hour Glass Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours (2 hours of tour and around 1.5 hours of service)

Clock Departure Time: 07:45 a.m. & 08.00 a.m. EST

Globe Other Language: Spanish & French

Checkered Flag Important Note: Out of respect for the congregation hosting us, please dress appropriately and refrain from wearing flip-flops, tank tops, or shorts.

Adult - English Ages 12 +
Child - English Ages 5-11
Adult - Foreign Language Ages 12 +
Child -Foreign Language Ages 5-11

Harlem Gospel Experience Walking Tour

Enjoy a neighborhood tour of the cultural capital of Black America and experience the soulful sounds of gospel music. Explore the streets walked by greats such as 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, Strivers’ Row, Hotel Theresa, and much more. After the neighborhood tour, you also have a chance to enjoy a gospel performance at a service in a local church.

Tour Highlights:

  • View the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the largest research libraries dedicated to the history of African Americans.
  • Visit the exterior of the Harlem Hospital, home to the first major WPA commissioned work awarded to an African American artist. 
  • Discover how Harlem became the second Dutch colony in Manhattan and learn the story of its enslaved African Americans as well as the arrival of African Americans during the Great Migration to Harlem. 
  • Learn about the origins of Gospel Music and how its influences spread throughout the Christian churches and served as the foundations for many different types of American music. 
  • View iconic Harlem sites like Abyssinian church, Strivers’ Row, the Apollo Theater, African Square, and many other locations. 
  • Get a chance to experience local gospel music at a Harlem church.

This tour is NOT wheelchair-accessible.


  • This tour is included in the New York Pass, Go City All-inclusive Pass and Explorer Pass.
  • Pass customers please visit the page and follow the instruction to make a reservation.

Meeting & End Locations

  • Meet your guide at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
  • The guide will be holding up a Red, Inside Out Tours Flag.
  • The tour end location depends on the church we visit on the day, it is usually a couple of blocks away from Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Office Building.

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