The Institute for Human Science and Culture
The Institute for Human Science and Culture (IHSC) is a multidisciplinary institute that promotes education and research in the history, preservation, documentation, and interpretation of the human experience. The mission of the IHSC is to explore what it means to be human. The IHSC promotes document- and object-based, experiential education in arts, humanities, and science. The IHSC is a branch of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology.
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, open to the public.
Plan your visit!
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.
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Sunday and Monday: Closed
- Library hours are limited. Appointment only.
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
Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio 44325-4302
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.
In the media
- Oak Native American Gallery has history on display Spectrum News 1 - October 12, 2021
- Institute for Human Science and Culture ‘explores what it means to be human’ The Devil Strip - November 18, 2019
- The Museum of Bags Goes to College Georgetown Dish - November 25, 2019
- Institute for Human Science and Culture renovations video by Mario Micale, Narrative Digital Media
- University of Akron finishes renovations of Cummings Center for the History of Psychology cleveland.com - September 11, 2019