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Apollo Theater Tours

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Apollo Theater
In the heart of Harlem, the Apollo Theater is one of the world’s most famous live music venues. Some of the biggest musical names have played the Apollo, including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Godfather of Soul James Brown. Hear popular jazz, blues, and R&B artists or catch performances by up-and-comers at its long-running amateur night.

The Basics
Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill are among the stars who first flaunted their talent as amateurs on the Apollo’s legendary stage. Today it showcases myriad musical and comedy acts year-round, including special shows during the holiday season. The theater is also home to Showtime at the Apollo, a syndicated TV variety show highlighting new talent that ran from 1987 to 2008. In front of the Apollo on 125th Street, the sidewalk features a Walk of Fame honoring African-American music legends.

Informative, entertaining daily tours highlight the history of the theater and the performers who have played there. The Apollo is a popular stop on gospel tours, soul food crawls of the neighborhood, and hop-on hop-off bus tours of uptown Manhattan.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Apollo is a must-see for music lovers.
  • If you’re attending a performance, the theater offers coat and bag check.
  • Located on the theater’s upper level, the Apollo Music Café hosts artists in a lounge setting.
  • Wheelchair locations and sight-impaired seats are available on the orchestra level, and infrared listening devices are available for the hearing impaired.

How to Get There
The Apollo Theater is on West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) in Harlem. Take the A, B, C, or D train to 125th Street and walk a block east to the theater, or take the 2 or 3 train to 125th Street and walk two blocks west.

When to Get There

Check the theater’s performance calendar for current events, including amateur night, which traditionally occurred on Wednesdays. Historical tours are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm; Wednesday at 11am; and Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm.

Nearby Strivers’ Row

In the 1920s two picturesque blocks of Harlem, located from 138th to 139th streets and from Frederick Douglass to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. boulevards, earned the name Strivers’ Row, although it’s officially considered the St. Nicholas Historic District. Many prominent doctors mingled with well-known musicians in this area, including W.C. Handy and Bojangles Robinson. Bob Dylan also reportedly owned a home here at one time.
Address: 253 W 125th Street, New York City 10027, USA
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

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Harlem is one of New York City’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on its beauty just because you don’t know where to go on your own. This Harlem Sunday morning gospel tour, complete with a gospel choir service, takes care of the details for you. See the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, and explore parts of this neighborhood. Upgrade to include a soul food brunch at a local restaurant.
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

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Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem on this exclusive insider’s gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents and take part in an uplifting Wednesday morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.
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Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

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Harlem’s contributions to hip-hop are unmatched, and on this guided walking tour led by a hip-hop historian, you can check out important landmarks like the Apollo Theater, the Graffiti Wall of Fame, Lenox Lounge, and historic Harlem jazz clubs. See popular locations for hip-hop music videos and hear exclusive stories. Admission to the Museum of the City of New York is included.
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Take a break from Manhattan’s major tourist zones on a day trip through Harlem, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Coney Island. Avoid the hassle of planning logistics, and enjoy the views as your guide navigates the way through neighborhoods often missed by visitors. Going with a guide also ensures you spot hidden landmarks and leave with an insider’s understanding of New York’s outer boroughs.
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Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ Lunch

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Explore Harlem’s most vibrant neighborhoods with this insider's walking tour of 125th street and the Mount Morris Historic District. Follow your guide through Harlem’s elegant architecture as you learn the story of the intellectuals and artists that ignited the Harlem Renaissance. See ‘Doctor’s Row,’ where preserved brownstone homes evoke New York City’s gilded age, hear the echoes of groundbreaking performances at the Apollo Theater, then finish your tour with lunch at a local restaurant.
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NYC Harlem and Gospel Tour by BusHalf-day Tours

NYC Harlem and Gospel Tour by Bus

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Get an in-depth look at the thriving culture of Harlem during this 4-hour sightseeing excursion including the chance to attend a Gospel mass at a local church. Learn about Harlem’s religious side by attending a Gospel mass and touring the famous St. John the Divine church. You’ll also explore Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater, Sylvia’s restaurant, and much more.
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Harlem Sightseeing and Apollo Theater Multimedia Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Sightseeing and Apollo Theater Multimedia Walking Tour

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Explore Harlem on foot as you absorb the history of its music, legendary entertainers, and the heyday of the Apollo Theater on a 3-hour walking tour. In addition to discovering the neighborhood and its history, you'll get a chance to stand on the same stage as musical geniuses such as James Brown and Ella Fitzgerald, and go backstage for a mock 'Amateur Night at the Apollo' performance.
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Harlem Gospel Experience Walking Tour in English

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Harlem is an important center of African-American culture and the district's gospel choirs are legendary. On this walking tour, explore the New York City neighborhood like a local; follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; and stop at the famous Apollo Theater, where some of America’s most iconic artists ignited the Harlem renaissance. End the morning attending a traditional gospel choir performance at a local church.
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Harlem Gospel Sunday TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Gospel Sunday Tour

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Experience the rich cultural legacy of Harlem and the soul-stilling rhythms of gospel on an immersive Sunday morning tour. Travel through the northern Manhattan neighborhood with a guide while learning about the history of the area and its landmarks like the Apollo Theater, Sugar Hill and Columbia University. Then, join a local Baptist congregation for a Sunday service featuring the exuberant vocals of a live gospel choir. 
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Explore the best of Uptown New York City on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Upper Manhattan’s top attractions and locations — like the historic neighborhood of Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University and the Apollo Theater, just to name a few. Select the day pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the sights and sounds of Uptown Manhattan in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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Harlem Renaissance Multimedia Walking TourCultural Tours

Harlem Renaissance Multimedia Walking Tour

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Private Harlem Gospel TourHalf-day Tours

Private Harlem Gospel Tour

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To truly experience Harlem’s culture and get an understanding of its history, you need a guide who knows everything there is to know about the area. Your guide for this private Harlem gospel tour takes just you and your group to a local church service to enjoy an extraordinary morning of prayer and singing before taking a walking tour of Harlem’s local markets and finishing at the iconic Apollo Theatre.
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“Harlem has a history of economic, political, and artistic ‘highs-and-lows’. Italian and Jewish immigration slowed by the 1920’s-30s’, leading to the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ - a migration of notable African-Americans. The Great Depression in the 30’s saw a major decline; as stances on rent, lowering education, and failing black-owned businesses burdened the neighborhood for years to come. By the 1970’s the fiscal problems of NYC challenged Harlem even further. Come ride with us and learn about Harlem’s past and the shifts in reform that started in the 1990’s. Renovated brownstones, some of the most scenic parks in NYC, and historic buildings dedicated to Musicians and Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s, make this a tour not to be missed while visiting NYC. ”
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