Washington DC Harlem Renaissance Tour

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Experience Highlights

Learn about the Harlem Renaissance on this walking tour of Washington DC. For approximately two hours, you will learn about this intellectual and cultural movement and its influence on African-American fashion, art and politics from an expert guide . The tour will be conducted with approximately 20 people.

Pass iconic sites of this movement, such as the Howard Theatre and the Right Proper Brewing Company. Enjoy an experience in which you will discover the origins of jazz and its early exponents, such as Langston Hughes, and learn about other socio-cultural developments such as African-American writing, with celebrities such as Jean Toomer.

  • Tour Washington DC while an expert guide tells you interesting facts about the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Learn about the history of early African-American jazz luminaries such as Langston Hughes and literary figures such as Jean Toomer.
  • You'll see key places to learn more about this intellectual and socio-cultural movement, such as the Howard Theatre and the Right Proper Brewing Company.

What’s included

  • Harlem Renaissance Tour of Washington DC
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drink

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Step by Step

This experience consists of a tour of the Harlem Renaissance in Washington DC. In a small group, with a maximum of 20 people, you will have the opportunity to learn about the influence of this socio-cultural movement in the capital of the United States. Among the most interesting places on the tour are the following:

  • Bohemian Caverns: former restaurant and jazz club founded in 1926.
  • Lincoln Theatre: theatre and show house that served as a theatre for the African-American community during the segregation era.
  • Lilian Evanti House: the house museum of the most famous African-American opera singer.

Accompanied by an expert guide and in a small group of approximately 20 people, you will learn about the history of the social consciousness of African-American culture that revolutionised the worlds of jazz, dance, art, fashion, theatre, politics and literature. The duration of this activity will be around two hours.

If there is one thing that characterises Washington DC, it is its multiculturalism and broad social diversity of beliefs and currents. One of the movements that has influenced this metropolis is the Harlem Renaissance.

Emerging in the 1920s and 1930s in Harlem, this movement and explosion of African-American social consciousness spread across the country. It was characterised by giving visibility to and highlighting the creativity and talent of the African-American community in disciplines such as music, dance, literature, politics and art.

Famous figures such as singer Lilian Evanti, whose residence will be one of the sites you will see on this tour, emerged. She was the first African-American woman to perform as an opera singer for a major European company. Also Jean Toomer, a poet and novelist who was one of the pioneers of African-American literature.

Other stops on the Harlem Renaissance tour include the Howard Theatre, Right Proper Brewing Company Lincoln Theatre, Club Dali and Ben's Chilli Bowl.


· 126 Reviews
  • E
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    Very informative, even for someone from the area. I will definitely do another one.
  • L
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    Fantastic tour, the guide had a lot of knowledge and you can feel how passionate she is about the topics.
  • R
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    I took their Harlem Renaissance Tour, and although I already knew a little about the subject, I learned a lot more. The tour is very well documented and accessible to anyone interested.
  • M
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    The tour was excellent! Very knowledgeable and fun guide, great afternoon activity to enjoy.
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