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Museum of the Earth

Ithaca, NY

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Address: 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA How do we get there? Number: 607-273-6623
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Let's all explore the wonder of the Earth at the aptly named Museum of the Earth, and we better get started because there are a LOT of fascinating aspects to learn!

Museum of the Earth will take you on a journey through millions of years of history, through engaging displays, hands-on fun, science inspired art and stunning fossils.

With particular emphasis on New York State and the Northeast United States, the Museum of the Earth explores the history of the Earth and its life through the lens of geology and paleontology, utilizing collections from the Paleontological Research Institution's more than 3 million specimens.

Kids can learn all about the prehistoric past, from the tiniest trilobite to the might mastodon, and even unearth some of their very own fossils to take home!

Interested in that Mastodon? Well, the Hyde Park Mastodon as it's known, is one of the most complete skeletons mastodon ever found (so you might want your camera for that one!) Kids can also see a HUGE 44ft Right Whale too!

The Museum of the Earth also allows kids to watch real paleontologists uncover dinosaur bones in the Prep Lab, and go back in time 540 million years with a 500ft Rock of Ages, Sands of Time mural!

Don't miss exploring life in an ancient sea, with almost 3 million specimens (one of the largest in the USA!)

Along with the exhibits, the museum has special exhibitions, lectures, and family-friendly programs to add to your learning fun!

Kids, are you ready to journey back 540 million years? Get that sense of adventure ready, it's going to be one impressive journey!

Activity location


Ride the bus; the museum is on on Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Route 14 (West Hill-Hospital-Commons). The Museum of the Earth is stop #2547.

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How much does it cost?






$7.50 (Ages 4 to 17)



$9.50 for college students with ID and seniors, free for members and EBT cardholders


Free Under

3 years


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Museum of the Earth FAQ’s

Service dogs are welcome

Marvel at the Hyde Park Mastodon, visit Steggy the Stegosaurus in the Jurassic-themed early-learner Dino Zone, view the 44-foot long Right Whale #2030 skeleton and learn her story, journey 540 million years back in time through the 500-foot mural, Rock of Ages, Sands of Time and discover the diversity of life in their coral reefs

Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit as the Dino Restaurant is currently closed. Or, picnic tables and chairs will be provided to visitors outside in the Gorge Garden and outside the Museum entrance. (Indoor seating will be next to the visitor service desk at the front entrance of the Museum).

Take a special guided tour through Earth’s exciting history in A Journey through Time, the Museum’s permanent exhibition hall. Tours meet at the bottom of the Museum ramp and last approximately 30 minutes. They depart at 11:30am on Mondays and Friday, and 11am Saturdays

You can have a birthday party at the museum which includes a fun dinosaur science program and a 2 hour private classroom!

Contact them to book a fun and educational trip!

Areas to eat packed punch are easily accessible.

Give them a call to check the accessibility of the exhibits!

Visit the Museum and the Nature Center for FREE on special Sundays in January, February, and March for free! Check online for details
For the safety of our visitors, staff, and Animal Ambassadors NO PETS ARE ALLOWED on the grounds or in the buildings at the Museum of the Earth.

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