Mapping the Future: May 4 Visitors Center 2022 Visioning Report

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On August 24, strong storm winds caused trees to fall damaging the May 4 Memorial. Kent State University is committed to thoughtfully restoring the memorial and is currently working on a repair plan. Continue to consult the May 4 Visitors Center website for continued update.

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The May 4 Visitors Center follows the Kent State University academic calendar.  We are closed for fall break, winter break, spring break, and all scheduled university holidays. For weather related closures, please visit the official advisory page. Although the Center is open to the public, guided tour groups are led by appointment only.
The May 4 Visitors Center does not accept donations of archival or historical materials. If you are interested in donating such materials to Kent State University, please contact the department of Special Collections & Archives where the May 4 Collection is housed at

2024 May 4 Commemoration Schedule 

Commemoration Event Tickets

Learn about our new exhibition, Graphic Content: Comics of May 4, now on view. 


Spring 2024 Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturdays 1pm - 5pm 

May 4 Hours: Saturday, 9am - 5pm, the center will close briefly during the official commemoration activities from 12pm - 2pm. Sunday May 5, 9am - 2pm




March 12 - June 7

From comic strips and political cartoons to comic books and graphic novels, the events of May 4, 1970, have been inked by numerous illustrators over the years. The exhibition Graphic Content: Cartoons of May 4 will examine graphic art depictions of May 4 from three generations of acclaimed artists, including Chuck Ayers, Derf Backderf and Katherine Wirick.