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 collections storage facilities and classrooms, the IHSC is home to the Oak Native American Gallery (currently closed for research) 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!

The Institute for Human Science and Culture is located on the 3rd and 4th Floors of the Cummings Center. An interior elevator in the Cummings Center lobby provides access to the Institute galleries. Food and drinks, including water bottles, are not permitted in the galleries. Backpacks and large bags must be left with the reception desk.

Gallery Hours

  • 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 Institute closes for all major holidays.

(includes entry to the Cummings Center's 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: 330-972-7952



Cummings Center | 3rd and 4th Floors
73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio 44325-4302

Building 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 parking lot adjacent to the building. Visitors can also park in Lot 30 at the corner of College and Market streets, which includes space for bus parking. Metered parking is available along South College Street.

Health & Safety

Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the museum and galleries, and visitors are encouraged to sanitize their hands regularly. Social distancing is encouraged between groups. Visitors are not required to wear masks in the museum and galleries, but may choose to do so. If you are feeling sick, we ask that you consider staying home or wearing a mask within the museum and galleries.


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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