Museum of the Earth

Explore Earth and its prehistoric past—from the tiniest trilobite to the mighty mastodon—through engaging displays, hands-on features, stunning fossils, and science-inspired art.

Unearth and take home your own fossils from Fossil Lab.

Marvel at the Hyde Park Mastodon, one of the most complete mastodon skeletons ever found, and the 44-foot Right Whale #2030.

Watch paleontologists uncover dinosaur bones and other exciting fossils in Prep Lab.

Journey 540 million years back in time with the 500-foot mural Rock of Ages, Sands of Time.

Continue your journey from the past into the future with temporary exhibitions, lectures, family-friendly programs, and more!

The Museum of the Earth is an educational program of the Paleontological Research Institution. Learn more about its world-renowned collection here. When in Ithaca, please also visit our Cayuga Nature Center, a nature experience of PRI and its Museum of the Earth.