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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.

Tompkins Center for History & Culture 

110 North Tioga Street

Ithaca NY 14850

Visitor entrance on the Ithaca Commons in Bank Alley.


Exhibit Hall

Wednesday - Saturday 10AM - 5PM

CLOSED - Sunday-Tuesday


Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives

The archives are open by appointment only. Please contact   regarding research options. 

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.

Public Transport

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.

An image of a wheelchair with a red heart and text that reads "Inclusive Recreation Resource Center"

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.

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


Find us on social media @tompkinshistory


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