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Exhibit Hall

OPEN - Weds-Sat 10AM - 6PM

CLOSED - Sunday-Tuesday


Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives

DROP-IN - Saturday 10AM - 3PM

The archives are open by appointment all other days. Please contact   regarding research options. 

DROP-IN - Saturday 10AM - 3PM

The archives are open by appointment all other days. Please contact   regarding research options. 

The History Center is offering self-guided 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 106 year old Tommy Plane! Private visits with only your group can be reserved in advance, walk-in's can also be accommodated during all our open days.

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 ArtSpace/Gallery and Downtown Visitors Center also located on the first floor of our building.

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.

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

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

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Add adventure and fun to your museum visit by reserving one of our Explore the Museum Activity Crates! A photo of a museum activity crate, surrounded by a large children's atlas, a cup full of writing utensils. and other various activities. 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 kept out of rotation for three 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.


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Health & Safety Protocols

An image with the header "The History Center in Tompkins County" and features a masked Ithaca Kitty saying "Don't forget to clean your paws!" The caption reads "Learn all about the world famous Ithaca Kitty in the Exhibit Hall!"The History Center in Tompkins County is a MASK FRIENDLY SPACE. This means that we encourage all visitors to wear what feels most comfortable to them.

Private visits with masked and vaccinated staff are still available at no cost (although donations are appreciated) for any visitors concerned about covid-19 exposure. Private visits must be scheduled in advance. Once your group is checked in, Exhibit Hall doors will be shut and the space will be solely for your group to explore for one hour. 

We will continue to monitor both state guidance and recommendations from the Tompkins County Health Department and will evaluate and update policies as needed.

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

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

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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.

We have two wheelchairs available for visitor use within the building. Ask at the front desk or email to reserve them in advance of your visit. 


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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-6pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


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

Phone: 607-273-8284


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