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The Institute for Human Science and Culture

The Institute for Human Science and Culture (IHSC) is a hands-on humanities center on the corner of campus and community.

The mission of the IHSC is to promote the exploration and appreciation of the widespread human experience, both local and global, through the activation of museum collections. The IHSC enriches The University of Akron student experience with arts and culture activities, speakers, exhibitions, and programs, facilitating engagement and connections among UA departments to discover new and creative ways to nurture learning. We connect UA and Akron communities to learn from each other through arts and culture, expertise and experience, and hands-on teaching and learning.

In addition to state-of-the-art storage facilities and classrooms, the IHSC is home to the Oak Native American Gallery and Lynn Rodeman Metzger Galleries, as well as a library containing the David P. Campbell Postcard Collection, open to the public.

Learn more about our Mission, Vision, and Values.

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Plan your visit!

Read our current health & safety precautions.

Food and drinks, including water bottles, are not permitted in the galleries and museum. Backpacks and large bags must be left with the admissions desk.

Gallery Hours

Please note that the Cummings Center, including the National Museum of Psychology and Institute galleries, will be closed on Saturday, June 1.

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sunday and Monday: Closed

Please note that the Cummings Center closes for all major holidays.

Admission (includes entry to the National Museum of Psychology)

  • $10 - Adults
  • $5 - College ID & Children (under 18)
  • $20 - Family
  • $5/person - Groups of 10+
  • $3/person - Museums for All program (click for details)
  • Free - University of Akron students, staff, & faculty (with valid ID)
  • Free - with a military ID card or veteran ID card


Institute phone: 330-972-6065

Email: ihsc@uakron.edu


Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio 44325-4302

Museum Map

Want to see more? Access a map of the museum and galleries.

Group Visits

The Institute for Human Science and Culture welcomes groups and classes. The galleries are self-guided, but please contact us to schedule a group visit.


Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Visitors can also park in Lot 30 at the corner of College and Market streets. Metered parking is available along South College Street.


A wheelchair accessible ramp is located on the northeast side of the building, near the main entrance. An interior elevator provides access to the Institute galleries, located on the fourth floor. A wheelchair is also kept on-site and is available for loan to those visiting the museum and archives.

For more information, see our accessibility page.

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