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“Skip it & go enjoy the falls!”

Museum of the Earth
Ranked #15 of 67 things to do in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

It was clean, quiet & boring.
I took my 4yr old, 5yr old twins & 8yr old (plus we had an additional 5yr old local friend with us)
It has fossils of all kinds of RANDOM things!
The video snips they had were poorly narrated (very dated)
They no longer offer the self guided headphones (they don't work & aren't replacing them)
Guided tours are only 1 a day 3xs a week, really?!
My friend said she was tempted to ask for her money back!
And she would let her local pals know it is a BUST! I lost 2hrs, that could have been spent at the Falls or sightseeing in the Commons!

3  Thank Butlergal
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is a magnificent museum, not to be missed if you are in the Ithaca area. The fossil preservations are incredible and you must see the massive Mastodon skeleton reconstructed and from a site in the Ithaca area - a backyard pond!!!!!

Thank Hancock440
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a very well done museum and the staff and volunteers are wonderful. The great thing about it being small is that it's great to do with young children because it's not overwhelming. Plenty of hands-on to keep them busy. It will especially appeal to kid who love dinosaurs. The Museum of the Earth and the Ithaca Sciencenter also participate in the reciprocal museum program so if you have a family membership to your local children's museum like we do, entry was free!

Thank Melaine R
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This museum is located a bit out of the way, but we were so glad we took the time to stop. We visited on a Saturday afternoon, and were surprised the museum was quite deserted. Even if it had been busy there seemed ample parking. Admission was reasonable. The museum goes through each geological stage of the earth with lots and lots of fossils. Many of the exhibits were hands on and encouraged kids and adults alike to touch and feel. There were some great photo opportunities like the mastodon skeleton. Every exhibit was very informative for instance the mastodon not only had the bones erected but had video showing how the bones were found and comparisons to its ancestor the mammoth. Other exhibits featured lift the flap trivia, matching games, coloring sheets, videos etc Our favorite part was finding fossils of our own to take home using a magnified microscope, free w/admission. Amazingly we learned a lot about the icebergs that formed the Finger Lakes that we later applied to our wine tour, yes it has something to do with grapes thriving! In conclusion we got some great pictures and learned some new things we hadn't known before.

Thank wrightbros360
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

This is a very nice museum to visit if you are interested in Earth science. The exhibits are set up nicely and there are hands-on things for children (and adults) to do. Even though we may be a bit more into geology than most people (not bragging here) there were a few things that caught our eyes. There is a nice little gift shop (eurypterid plushie, yea!)

Thank Marcia B
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