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Museum of the Earth

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Address: 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1313
Phone Number:
+1 607-273-6623
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

PRI's Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide visitors with...

PRI's Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide visitors with a unique opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. The museum's 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibition takes visitors on a journey through 4.5 billion years of history, from the Earth's origin to the present day. Through hands-on, visual exhibitions and outreach, the Museum of the Earth encourages critical thinking about life on Earth in the past and today, and how our species is affecting the natural world.

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The whole family was able to enjoy the Museum of the Earth. Our 3 year old son loved the dinosaur area where he could pretend to be a paleontologist and my 10 year old daughter... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melanie S
Lyons, New York
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Lyons, New York
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole family was able to enjoy the Museum of the Earth. Our 3 year old son loved the dinosaur area where he could pretend to be a paleontologist and my 10 year old daughter loved looking at the fossils. The museum has a great layout and is very modern. We had a great time and it's an affordable family... More 

Thank Melanie S
Groton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who would have thought that a world-class fossil collection and reconstruction was lurking in the outskirts of Ithaca? Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Museum of the Earth is the large pile of fossil-rich rock out front where you can dig and collect your own! It is the only place I took my grandchildren that they didn't want to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great displays and fossils which do a great job of explaining the evolution of life on earth over the different periods and nice explanations of the ice age

Thank Charles W
Ithaca, New York
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Can't say enough about this place. Wonderful. So interesting and informative. Kids would love to go.

Thank K S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I married a Geologist! Do you think I could ever get him to go to this museum right in our own backyard? No, so when the grands came over Christmas, it gave me an excuse to take him and the kids. The museum is small but there are enough exhibits to keep all ages occupied. They have a few hands... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This was an amazing little museum with a lot of fossils and great information. Really well thought out, very detailed information. This was a great way to spend a snowy day, and we wished we had more time here!

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Greenfield, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Visited with college aged son and younger brother - multiple exhibits were interesting to all. Loved the whale skeleton!

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I came here alone and really enjoyed it. The museum is really interesting. For a relatively small museum they have a large number of fossils including an intact mastodon skeleton. I loved how the museum was laid out in chronological order, which made it easy to follow and understand everything. They also have play areas and some hands on exhibits... More 

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Burdett, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is a paleontology museum with many activities for all ages as well as wonderful displays including a mammoth discovered locally. Great for kids as well as adults. A very good family destination.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

My 3 year old daughter is OBSESSED with dinosaurs so we made a trip to Ithaca while visiting my inlaws who live outside Syracuse. it's a small museum but worth it if you have a science or dino lover in your family. it was very quiet when we were there which is good as my daughter is very shy and... More 

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