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Museum Of The Earth

Who We Are

http://www.museumoftheearth.org
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What We Do

The Museum of the Earth, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, New York, is a nationally-ranked, university-affiliated natural history museum, and an emerging national leader in Earth system change education and paleontological research, the study of the fossil record, and the Earth sciences. These fields provide powerful opportunities to improve public understanding of the natural world and humanity's place in it. In 2003, PRI opened the Museum of the Earth, a dramatic space that serves to engage and educate the public. 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.
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Contact Information

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The Paleontological Research Institution
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Office Hours: Open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 10am - 5pm Sundays - 11am - 5pm Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Contact: Maureen Bickley
Contact Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (607) 273-6623
Fax: (607)273-6620
Email: bickley@museumoftheearth.org

By Public Transportation

Public Transportation Taking TCAT (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit) is convenient and easy! To visit the Museum, hop on TCAT Route 14 from downtown Ithaca, right off the Ithaca Commons. Ask the driver to stop at the top of the drive and walk down, or get off at the first stop on the Cayuga Medical Center's campus and take the pathway to the Museum. Plan your trip and more with TCAT.

From Rochester (North/West)

- Take I-490 East to I-90 East/NYS Thruway.
- Take the Route 14 exit (Exit 42) toward Geneva/Lyons.
- Turn Right onto Route 14 South. Merge onto Route 96A South.
- Follow Route 96A to Route 96 South for about 40 miles (~45 minutes).
- The Museum of the Earth is located on your left, immediately after Cayuga Medical Center. - Approximate driving time: 2 hours.

From Syracuse (North/East)

- Take I-81 South to Exit 12 Homer/Cortland. 
- Keep Left at the fork in the ramp.
- Turn Left onto Route 281/West Homer Rd.
- Continue to follow Route 281. Route 281 becomes Route 13.
- Turn Right onto Route 13/West Main Street. Continue to follow Route 13 South.
- Turn Right onto Route 96/West Buffalo St.
- Stay in the Left lane, follow signs for Route 96 and the Hospital.
- From Route 13, the Museum of the Earth is located 2.3 miles on your Right, immediately south of Cayuga Medical Center. 
Approximate driving time: 1 hour.

From Corning/Elmira (South/West)

- Take Route 17/Southern Tier Expressway to Route 13 (Exit 54) toward Ithaca.
- Follow Route 13 into Ithaca.
- Turn Left onto Route 96/West Buffalo St. Stay in the Left lane, following signs for Route 96 and the Hospital.
- From Route 13, the Museum of the Earth is located 2.3 miles on your Right, immediately before Cayuga Medical Center.
Approximate driving time: 1 hour, 15 minutes.


From Binghamton (South/East)

- Take Route 17 to I-81 North.
- Take Exit 8/Ithaca.
- At the end of the exit ramp, turn Right onto Route 26, following signs for Route 11/Route 206/Whitney Point.
- At the T intersection, turn Left following signs for Route 79 West.
- Continue to follow Route 79 West into Ithaca for about 30 miles.
- Continue to downtown Ithaca, bearing Right onto East Seneca Street.
- Continue on East Seneca, following signs to Route 13.
- Turn Right onto Route 13 North, merging into the Left lane.
- Turn Left on Route 96/West Buffalo Street. Stay in the Left lane, following signs for Route 96 and the Hospital.
- From Route 13, the Museum of the Earth is located 2.3 miles on your Right, immediately before Cayuga Medical Center.
Approximate driving time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.

 

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