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KIDS & FAMILIES

Kids ages 6-12 and your families, join us for free programs to explore local history! Explore topics such as Haudensoaunee culture, the Tommy Plane and other local  inventions, and human rights. Programs are hands-on, youth-centered, and open to all children. Children must be present with an adult. 

Current and former program partners include: Cayuga Nation, Dorothy Cotton Institute, The Youth Farm Project, and the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation.

Our Exhibit Hall is open to all ages! You can request coloring sheets, Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt, and activity guides for different ages from the front desk when you arrive. 

Available Activities for All Ages (3-103):

Explore our History at Home activity sets for local history learning adventures!


Please visit our Events Calendar to see all our upcoming events and registration details. 

EXPLORE THE MUSEUM ACTIVITY CRATES

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 through our booking site FareHarbor. (Available beginning March 2021)

RESERVE YOUR ACTIVITY CRATE

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.

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 These materials were purchased with funds from a New York State Council on the Arts 2020 Youth Programming grant. 





BORROW A BOOK AT THE MUSEUM!

BORROW A BOOK AT THE MUSEUM!

Enjoy story time during your museum visit! We have over 30 children's book titles related to local history available at our front desk! Books cover a range of topics and reading levels. 

Children and families can "check out" up to three books to read during their visit. Check the front jacket cover for information about how these books connect to Tompkins County history! 

BOOK TOPICS

  • Working at a museum or historic site
  • Erie Canal history
  • Haudenosaunee history & indigenous stories
  • Black American history and historic people who visited Tompkins County
  • Finger Lakes history
  • Amish & Mennonite stories and experiences
  • Aviation history and famous fliers!
  • Suffrage and famous women who visited Tompkins County

All books must be returned before you leave. Thank you to local booksellers Autumn Leaves Used Books and Buffalo Street Books for providing us with such a wonderful selection!

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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Hours

Exhibit Hall Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

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

Find us on social media @tompkinshistory




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