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Museum of the Earth

1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1313
+1 607-273-6623
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Small but very hands on and interesting museum

A small specialized museum. Everything seems new, modern and well maintained. It is very well... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2015
Bayville, New York
Great family museum for understanding the region

I love this place. I drove by for years until my kids were old enough to appreciate it. There are... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2015
Meredith S
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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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  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1313
+1 607-273-6623
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Reviewed August 16, 2015

A small specialized museum. Everything seems new, modern and well maintained. It is very well designed, plenty of hands on activities or interesting exhibits for the kids, but at the same time interesting and easy to get information for the grown ups. The kids and...More

Thank viganiko
Reviewed August 14, 2015

I love this place. I drove by for years until my kids were old enough to appreciate it. There are films that accompany each section in the museum and my daughter was able to sort through bins of rocks and then examine them under a...More

Thank Meredith S
Reviewed August 14, 2015

I learned more in one trip to this museaum than I would have during hours of time online. The murals of the Devonian era were captivating, not to speak of incredible displays. I would highly recommend it to all ages.

Thank venezia458
Reviewed August 11, 2015

Returning from Ohio en route home, I took the southern route through the Finger Lakes Region. I had lunch at Seneca Harbor Station in Watkins Glen and was ready for some sightseeing in the Ithaca area. Torrential rains off and on delayed my outdoor plans....More

3  Thank Maurene_K
Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is a small, but outstanding museum dedicated to the study of Earth. The exhibit is set up chronologically, easy to follow and extremely informative. My 15 year old daughter specifically asked to go again right before her Earth Science final!

Thank D B
Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Museum of the Earth was an interesting place to visit. The exhibits were well maintained and informative. If you are skeptical of the theory of evolution this place will cement your stance as a skeptic. There are some conflicting dates and exhibits claiming huge...More

2  Thank roseyday
Reviewed July 3, 2015

We went to the the Paleontological Research Institution's Museum of the Earth as a group that included two pre-teens, and it was a hit! They love learning about dinosaurs, fossils and Earth history, and this museum had it all. What we particularly liked is the...More

Thank beckybob
Reviewed June 28, 2015

Museum of the Earth is well worth a visit if you are at all interested in dinosaurs, history of the planet, fossils, etc. It's a manageable size for a family to visit without exhaustion. The staff if knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to share their expertise....More

Thank mossboston
Reviewed June 11, 2015

We went thinking that it would have adult experiences, but it's all about the kids here. Great for them, 16 bucks for us.

1  Thank Ted M
Reviewed May 19, 2015

There are fossils ranging from tiny prehistoric animals to a full scale mammoth! Video presentation are great and lots of activities for kids.

Thank Gail M
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Response from bluebonnet100 | Reviewed this property |
I think adults will enjoy. Does not take long to tour.