Cornell’s Ithaca campus is one of the world’s most spectacular university campuses. Ithaca is an area of great natural beauty, a place that contributes to a healthy and pleasurable quality of life.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of life, including access to universities and other institutions. To ensure the health and safety of the Cornell community and the surrounding area, access to Cornell’s Ithaca campus will remain significantly restricted during the fall 2020 semester. All campus visitors, including parents, alumni and friends, must abide by Cornell’s travel and visitor policy (PDF), which prohibits visitors from entering campus facilities, including residence halls.

Walking around Cornell’s campus, including the Botanic Gardens, is permitted. However, all employees, students and visitors are required to have a mask on their person when outdoors on campus and to put on their face covering or mask when it is NOT feasible to maintain physical distancing measures (i.e., at least six feet of separation between others).

Campus Tours

Experience Cornell through our immersive video tours, as all physical campus tours and other in-person events are canceled until further notice. We will notify the community when campus resumes normal operations, including private and group tours.

Johnson Museum

Though the Museum is temporarily closed to visitors, you can learn more about museum exhibitions and find online resources at

Botanic Gardens

The grounds of the Cornell Botanic Gardens are open every day, dawn to dusk, but please remember to follow face covering guidelines, stay six feet away from others and visit alone or in family groups. Groups are limited to 10 or fewer people.