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 is offering limited capacity visits to our state-of-the-art Exhibit Hall including our Timeline Tunnel, Story Vault, Children's Education Area, access to our six exhibit towers, and a close look at our 103 year old Tommy Plane! Private visits with only your group can be reserved in advance, walk-in's can also be accommodated although we do limit the number of people in the Exhibit Hall to no more than 20 at a time.

How long should I plan for my visit?

We suggest planning for at least an hour to explore the Exhibit Hall, but you may stay as long as you like. We encourage everyone to also explore the Community Arts Partnership Gallery and Downtown Visitors Center located on the first floor.

Our museum and programs are open and accessible to people of all abilities. Learn more on our Accessibility page.

If a member of your group has sensory sensitivities or physical/visual/auditory limitations please reach out to us with any questions or concerns about our exhibits and the space. We're happy to offer adjustments and options to ensure an enjoyable visit for everyone.

If you have difficulty with the booking software, call 607-273-8284 ext. 229 and leave a message with your preferred  visit time, and we will call you back to confirm. 

We try to accommodate visiting groups outside our normal operating hours when possible. Please contact if you'd like to visit the museum or schedule a group field trip outside our normal operating hours.

Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance to secure a specific time slot.

We can accommodate walk-in visitors without appointments most days.


Add adventure and fun to your museum visit by reserving one of our Explore the Museum Activity Crates!  Filled with puzzles, books, crafting projects, coloring pages, and scavenger hunts for the museum. 

Activity Crates can be checked out for $5 when scheduling your visit. Kids may take home all work sheets and coloring pages, but other supplies and games must be returned to the front desk at the end of your visit.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Following each use crates and activities will be quarantined for 3 days before going through a full sanitation process. Thanks to grant funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, we were able to purchase multiple sets of activities in each crate, allowing us to rotate them while maintaining necessary health and safety standards.


 These materials were purchased with funds from a New York State Council on the Arts 2020 Youth Programming grant. 

Health & Safety Protocols

  • All individuals (staff, volunteer, and visitors) in the building will wear face masks at all times on the first floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. This is to ensure our space is still accessible and safe for young audiences and others unable to be vaccinated.
  • History Center staff practice daily sanitation of all touched surfaces in the museum. 

We are all very excited to welcome you to our museum, and these measures have been instituted for the safety of the public, and the staff and volunteers of The History Center in Tompkins County. Review our full list of Health & Safety Protocols.

If you have any reflections or suggestions on how we could improve our practices for your comfort please contact Ben Sandberg at

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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Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to

Phone: 607-273-8284


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