Visitor Center

Planning a Visit

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
1-800-843-BIRD (1-800-843-2473)

2015 Holiday Hours

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Open 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. the day after Thanksgiving

Closed from 4:00 P.M. December 24 through January 3 


Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. Click here

Due to final work on the mural, “From So Simple a Beginning,” there will be limited access to the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Room and Auditorium from August through December 31, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience. For additional information on the project and artist please visit please visit the mural website.

The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is open every day, dawn to dusk.

For store hours for Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods, click here.

Visitor Center Hours

Monday–Thursday: 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Saturday: 9:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. April-December
Sunday: Closed January-March
Hours may change due to special events. We are closed on some holidays.

Holiday Hours

Closed Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day.

Closed from 4:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve through January 3.

Open 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and the day after Thanksgiving.

Adelson Library Hours

Monday-Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Where to Stay

The following hotels offer special reduced rates for Lab visitors. This rate is based on availability and subject to change. Free shuttle service is available to and from the Cornell Lab, please contact the hotel for more information on their shuttle service.
Courtyard by Marriott: 607-330-1000
Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott: 607-277-1000
Best Western University Inn: 607-272-6100

Admission is free. We appreciate donations and member support to help with trail maintenance and local outreach programs.

Discover the Johnson Visitor Center at the Cornell Lab

At Sapsucker Woods just outside Ithaca, New York, you'll find the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, headquartered at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity. We invite you to visit and discover all that our Visitor Center has to offer:

  • A bright, roomy observatory with large windows looking out on our bird feeding garden and Sapsucker Woods Pond
  • Interactive exhibits where you can explore the world of birds through sounds and video
  • Bird identification guides and binoculars for loan at the front desk
  • World-class bird art, including innovative travelling exhibits
  • The Adelson Library, with more than 14,000 books and serials on birds and natural history, open to the public
  • Special seminars in spring and fall
  • A Wild Birds Unlimited store packed with supplies, books, optics, and clothing

Interactive Exhibits

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Our many interactive exhibits bring you closer to the world of birds. From touch-screen kiosks to surround-sound theater and HD movies, there’s plenty to do during a visit. Activities (pictured above) include:

1. Natural Sounds interactive kiosk
2. Find & enter sightings in eBird Trail Tracker
3. Surround-sound films in Bartels Theater
4. Touchscreen Bird ID kiosk
5. Explore animal sounds in Raven Sound Studio



Art Gallery

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We feature permanent and rotating art exhibits in the Williams Gallery of Art and the auditorium. Behind the scenes, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s art collection includes more than 1,000 works of art spanning 150 years. John James Audubon, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and others strove to depict birds accurately through scientific observation and illustration, while also conveying the beauty and wonder of birds. Our online catalog shows complete thumbnail images of the art collection.

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