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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
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Great visit for kids of all ages

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Greenfield, MA
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Greenfield, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
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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vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This place was a complete surprise to me. It is wonderful -- its fossil collection is superb, and it tells the story of earth way better than other places -- even better than the huge science museums. They have not only a section of the actual, honest-to-god iridium layer left by the asteroid impact that did in (or partially did... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Great for kids and adults. Many interesting items in this tour through time. Let the kids dig for fossils ,a good rainy afternoon spent

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Fairborn, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This small museum is all about fossils. The displays were interesting and presented well and there were some hands on activities for the kids. They have several unique full size skeletons. A senior admission is $6.

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Thank OldBoyScoutFox
Fort Ann, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Had a nice time, had lots of fossils, very reasonably priced and was not crowded when we were there. I would recommend

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Thank Cliff N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

This museum is definitely off the beaten path but well worth a visit. We enjoyed seeing the Hyde Park mastodon as well as all the other exhibits. The museum wasn't terribly crowded and we enjoyed being able to explore the exhibits at our leisure. What a fun day! I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in dinosaurs, paleontology,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

There's a free audio guide but it only covers the mural. The exhibits were well done (says the geologist).

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