Welcome! The History Center is requiring 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.
The History Center is now operating out of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, a heritage tourism space in downtown Ithaca. The History Center shares with 13 other local non-profits. Visitors can enter through the front door adjacent to the Bernie Milton Pavilion. Street and garage parking (Seneca Street or Green Street garages recommended) are available on surrounding streets. The Seneca Street TCAT bus stop is less than a block away from our main entrance.
Closed Sunday - Tuesday - Appointments may be requested on these days by email.
Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives
Visit our Events calendar to learn about upcoming events and programs.
Driving & Parking
Find driving directions to The History Center from nearby cities, local highways, and area colleges here.
Parking is available in the Seneca Street Garage. Additional metered street parking is available around the Commons, paid Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and free all other hours and weekends. Payments can be made at the meter or the kiosks or on the ParkMobile App.
All major TCAT bus routes go to Seneca Street. Cross Seneca Street and head down the large alley past the Bernie Milton Pavilion leading to the Ithaca Commons. The History Center is on the right side of the alley, just after the M&T Bank.
Bike racks are available nearby on the Commons. Bikes can be rented locally through Ithaca Bike Rental.
Please explore the local Inclusive Recreation Resource Center's profile of our handicap accessibility here.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or feedback.