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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 are instituting new safety, sanitation, and security measures throughout the building. 


New Public Health Protocols

  • The TCHC building public entrances will remain locked, and only opened for scheduled visitors and staff members. 
  • 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. 
  • Public facing History Center staff will receive weekly COVID-19 tests
  • History Center staff will sanitize all touched surfaces within the Exhibit Hall between each scheduled visit. We have planned for a minimum of 15 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 director@thehistorycenter.net.

SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT ONLINE

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All visits will be 45 minutes in length beginning at the start of each hour, allowing History Center staff 15 minutes between visiting groups to sanitize the Exhibit Hall

You can book up to 15 people per visit. 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, or the CAP ArtSpace (there are currently no displays in this room). Please contact archives@thehistorycenter.net 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 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. The water fountain on the first floor has also been disabled. 

Once your visit is scheduled you will receive an email confirming your time and how to get here. At the start of the hour we will unlock the front door and welcome you and your group in. Once everyone has entered we ask  all visitors to sign a Health Declaration Form to ensure no one has recently experienced symptoms related to COVID-19. We will also require contact information for all visitors to assist local 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 the state mandated 2-week quarantine if it is 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, 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


Hours

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 archives@thehistorycenter.net

Contact                                                     

Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to community@thehistorycenter.net

Phone: 607-273-8284

Web: thehistorycenter.net

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