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Located in the back right corner of our Exhibit Hall, the Children's Play Area is modeled after the Eight Square Schoolhouse located in Dryden NY, and the site of our 1892 living history programs for youth in Tompkins County. The play area in our Exhibit Hall has a working antique cash register, school desks, slate and chalk, and a chest with clothing children can dress up in as they play at "school." 

You can also request coloring sheets or an Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt from the front desk when you check in. 

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 for 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. 

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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


Exhibit Hall -  Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday - 10am-3pm - CLOSED M-W

Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell 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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