Welcome! The History Center is requesting 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 to keep all our visitors safe. 


**The History Center Exhibit Hall and Research Library are closed June 14th-July 1st as we install our new exhibit Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods. We will reopen July 2nd.**

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 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

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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