We understand that visiting public spaces during COVID-19 has presented a new set of challenges and considerations, and we at The History Center and all the organizations at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture want to ensure that your visit is as safe and secure as possible. To that end we have instituted new safety, sanitation, and security measures throughout the building. 

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.

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


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 in public spaces of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. 
  • The Exhibit Hall will only be open to you and the individuals/group you book at the time of your visit. No outside visitors or other members of the public will enter Exhibit Hall for the length of your scheduled visit. 
  • History Center staff will sanitize all touched surfaces within the Exhibit Hall between each scheduled visit. We have planned for a minimum of 10 minutes between visiting groups to allow for this process. 

We are all very excited to welcome you back to the 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.

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


All visits will be 50 minutes in length beginning at the start of each hour, allowing History Center staff 10 minutes between visiting groups to sanitize the Exhibit Hall

You can book up to 15 people per visit which is less than 10% of our building capacity (far below state recommended guidelines). All visitors must wear masks at all times within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture building. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to all visitors entering the building.

Visitors will be permitted in the Atrium and Exhibit Hall, but there is no public access to the second or third floor of the building. Please contact regarding research requests and access to the Research Library.

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, when 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 for the duration of your visit.

Once your visit is scheduled you will receive an email confirming your time and how to get here. We ask  all visitors to sign a Health Declaration Form at the start of their visit to ensure no one has recently experienced symptoms related to COVID-19. We will also require contact information for all visitors to assist Tompkins County Health Department contact tracers should it become important to communicate with you at a later date.

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 necessary quarantine period if 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 potential exposure, or were recently in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. 

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

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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