Welcome! The History Center is requesting 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 to keep all our visitors safe. 



Exhibit Hall

Wednesday - Saturday 10AM - 5PM

CLOSED - Sunday - Tuesday

*Please be aware our hours and days may change due to local health recommendations.


Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell Archives

Closed to the public. Please contact   regarding research options. 

Due to COVID-19 and New York State guidelines we have implemented safety and sanitation measures for all visitors to the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

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 worry-free as possible. 

If you have any reflections or suggestions on how we could improve our practices for your comfort please contact Ben Sandberg at


The History Center in Tompkins County will continue to require all visitors to wear masks in accordance with the building policies of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Because our museum is in a shared building with 12 other local non-profits, and our visitors include families with young children who do not yet qualify for the vaccine, and visitors who may be medically ineligible for the vaccine, we will continue to require masks inside the building for the continued safety of all our visitors, volunteers, and staff. We will not be checking the vaccination status of visitors and appreciate the continued support of our community and out of town visitors in following our building guidelines by wearing their masks while visiting the museum. 

We are grateful that our organization was able to re-open the Exhibit Hall in August of 2020, and has been open to the public for over 10 months with strict safety measures in place to ensure safe and worry free visits for everyone! We are happy to announce that we are now accepting bookings for groups of up to 20 people, which can be reserved at during any of our open appointment slots. Please review our up to date Health & Safety Protocols and practices at We will continue to monitor both state guidance and local practice and will evaluate and update policies as needed. Any questions may be directed to Ben Sandberg at

Updated May 20th 2021

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 be permitted in the Exhibit Hall for the length of your visit. There may be staff or other groups in the Atrium and Downtown Visitors Center. If you are concerned or are particularly vulnerable to the virus, please email us and we are happy to schedule a set time where no one else is permitted in the first floor of the building. Your comfort and safety is our number one priority!

History Center staff will sanitize all touched surfaces within the Exhibit Hall between each visitor. We have planned for a minimum of 10 minutes between visiting groups to allow for this process. 

All visits will be 50 minutes in length, allowing History Center staff 10 minutes between visiting groups to sanitize the Exhibit Hall

You can book up to 20 people per visit. All visitors must wear masks covering their nose and mouth at all times within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture building. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to all visitors entering the building if they do not have their own.

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, during online booking, 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 or at the front desk for the duration of your visit.

Once your visit is scheduled you will receive an email confirming your time and how to get here. We ask all visitors to sign a Health Declaration Form at the start of their visit to allow contact tracing through the Tompkins County Health Department should it be necessary

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 requested quarantine after your travel 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 due to symptoms or potential exposure, or were recently in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. 

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 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 & Thaler/Howell 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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