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COVID-19 Policy Updates

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Per gudiance from The Tompkins County Health Department, The History Center in Tompkins County is no longer requiring masks, effective Sunday, February 12th, 2023.

Masks continue to be a highlgy effective tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne, communicable diseases. We encourage our visitors to make a choice to wear a mask based on individual preference informed by level of personal risk.

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 and confirmed with our staff at The History Center - please reach out to us at for more information. 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. 

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

Any questions about The History Center's health and safety policies may be directed to 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.


Please be aware that health & safety protocols on the first floor are determined by each individual organization for their space. Visit our building partners websites for up to date information about their covid-19 practices.

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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-5pm - 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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