Welcome! The History Center is requiring that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols



The History Center in Tompkins County will continue to require all visitors to wear masks in accordance with the building policies of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Because our museum is in a shared building with 13 other local non-profits, and our visitors include families with young children who do not yet qualify for the vaccine, and visitors who may be medically ineligible for the vaccine, we will continue to require masks inside the building for the continued safety of all our visitors, volunteers, and staff. We will not be checking the vaccination status of visitors and appreciate the continued support of our community and out of town visitors in following our building guidelines by wearing their masks while visiting the museum. 

We are now accepting bookings for groups of up to 30 people, which can be reserved at during any of our open appointment slots. Please review our up to date Health & Safety Protocols and practices at We will continue to monitor both state guidance and local practice and will evaluate and update policies as needed.

Any questions may be directed to Ben Sandberg at

Updated November 27th 2021

All individuals (staff, volunteer, and visitors) in the building will wear face masks at all times in public spaces of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. 

The Exhibit Hall is now permitting up to 30 visitors at a time. If you are concerned or are particularly vulnerable to the virus, please email us and we are happy to schedule private visit for you to explore the museum in a worry free way. Your comfort and safety is our number one priority!

History Center staff will sanitize all touched surfaces within the Exhibit Hall daily. 

You can book up to 30 people per visit to the Exhibit Hall. All visitors must wear masks covering their nose and mouth at all times within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture building. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to all visitors entering the building if they do not bring their own. Group visits can be scheduled on our Field Trip page. 

Visits are still free! You can make as many visits in a week as you would like to give yourself plenty of time to explore all our exhibits. Our suggested admission price is $10 per adult, $4 per child. Your contribution is important for our continued ability to provide a safe public space within the community. No one will be prevented from visiting due to an inability to pay. Donations can be made in person at the time of your visit, during online booking, or online through our Donation page. 

No food or drink is permitted in the building by visitors at this time, we request any food or beverage items to be kept inside bags or at the front desk for the duration of your visit.

We are requesting that individuals visiting from out of New York State review the COVID-19 Travel Advisory List and refrain from visiting the museum until you have completed the requested quarantine after your travel if it is recommended to do so from your state, province, or country. 

Please do not schedule a visit if you or any member of your group are awaiting results from a COVID-19 test due to symptoms or potential exposure, or were recently in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. 

The Research Library is not open to walk-in visitors. Research appointments must be scheduled in advance. Access to the archival collections is free to all Tompkins County residents, $10/day fee for out of county researchers. Beginning on September 10, 2021 all users of The History Center's Research Library will need to show proof of vaccination to be allowed into the space. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC issued card or a New York State Excelsior Pass.

Please explore the local Inclusive Recreation Resource Center's profile of our handicap accessibility here.

This profile includes detailed information regarding the physical layout of the Exhibit Hall and Research Library, and alternate methods for engaging with our exhibits and materials for individuals with impaired sight or hearing. Print out visitor guides and auditory visitor guides can be requested at the docent desk to the right of the front entrance to the Exhibit Hall. 

We do not have a parking lot associated with our building, however visitors with physical and/or movement impairment are encouraged to contact us at in advance, and when possible they may use one of two staff parking spaces by the back entrance of our building. These spaces may not be used without advance communication. 

Email with any questions or feedback.


Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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Exhibit Hall Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

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Phone: 607-273-8284


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