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Museums in Tompkins County

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853


Housed in a modern structure designed by I.M. Pei that sits atop a knoll overlooking Cayuga Lake, the museum's 30,000 works of art are considered one of the finest collections in the state. Café.

The History Center

401 E. State St.

Ithaca, NY 14850


The history of the people and places of Tompkins County. Photos, genealogies, maps, diaries, and other research tools.

The Museum of the Earth

Paleontological Research Institution

1259 Trumansburg Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850


The history of the Earth. Extensive collection of fossils, intact skeletons of a mammoth and a right whale. Gift shop.


601 First St.

Ithaca, NY 14850


More than 200 hands-on exhibits, including the Curiosity Corner (for children ages four and under), Discovery Space, Emerson Science Park, Saltonstall Animal Room, 18-hole Galaxy Golf course, the Sagan Planet Walk, and much more. 

The Wortham Military Museum

Barton Hall (4th floor)

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853


Overseen by the Cornell Army ROTC, the Wortham documents Cornell and Cornell alumni involvement in American military history. Collections of military weapons and gear from World War I onward. Historic photos and memorabilia. Call in advance to make sure the museum is open.








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