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MUSEUM OF THE EARTH GLACIER EXHIBIT FACT SHEET

DESCRIPTION:

In May 2013, the Museum of the Earth will be introducing a new, permanent exhibit focusing on the effects of climate change on our planet. The glacier exhibit will showcase how glaciers have been affected throughout history and give Early Learners an opportunity to crawl through a simulated glacier, “feel” the chill of an icy glacier, and examine ice cores in addition to other educational and interactive elements.

Another exciting aspect of this new climate change exhibit will be the coral reef tanks. These tanks will house a growing coral reef which will develop its own ecosystem over the next year. This will also showcase the effects of climate change on a very different, but a similarly ecologically fragile life system. These 800lb coral tanks will hold the corals and other living organisms that will tell an old tale in a new, dynamic way. These tanks will be replacing the old mass extinction exhibit in the Museum and will now explain how reefs and their disappearance—due to the increasing temperatures of our oceans—have played a prominent role in other mass extinctions in the geologic past.

While it may seem odd to have an exhibit depicting climate change from glaciers to the tropics, having both shown in one location encourages discussion regarding climate change. These two places are completely different, yet human-induced climate change affects them greatly, as they are both extensive and sensitive environments.
OPENING DATE: Glacier Gala: Saturday May 4, 6pm-9pm (Tickets required for the gala)

Member’s Opening: Thursday May 9, 5:30pm

Glacier Family Day: Saturday May 11, 10am-1pm
ABOUT THE MUSEUM: The Museum of the Earth is a public educational venue of the Paleontological Research Institution.  Come explore the Earth’s past and understand your role in its present and future through a unique mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. Touch and feel history through hands-on exploration of fossils and dinosaurs at Discovery Labs. View more than 650 specimens from the PRI’s world-class collections, including the skeletons of the Hyde Park Mastodon and Right Whale No. 2030. Enjoy the 500-foot art mural, Rock of Ages, Sands of Time.  PRI is affiliated with Cornell University. The Museum of the Earth is a proud member of the Discovery Trail.
FUNDING AND SPONSORS: The glacier exhibit has been funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Tompkins County Tourism Board, Wegmans, and contributions from the general public.

Donations are still being accepted and can be made in person at the Museum, online at priweb.org/donate or by calling Ingrid Zabel at 607.273.6623 x11
GLACIER EXHIBIT DESIGNER: The glacier exhibit was designed in part by Adirondack Studios, located in Argyle, NY. Founded in 1975, Adirondack Studios is a world leader in museum exhibit design. Further design and fabrication was created in-house by PRI staff. The project was managed by Beth Stricker, PRI’s Director of Exhibitions.
ADMISSION: Adult | $8
Senior (65+) | $5
College Student with ID | $5
Youth (4-17) | $3
Children under 3 | Free
Members | Free
DIRECTIONS: The Museum of the Earth is less than two hours away from Rochester and less than an hour and half from Binghamton, Corning, Elmira, and Syracuse.

For Ithaca-area residents, visitors can use the TCAT bus system via Route 14 from the Ithaca Commons.

Parking at the Museum is free.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day):
Monday-Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-5:00pm

Winter Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day):
Monday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday | CLOSED
Thursday-Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-5:00pm

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

The Museum is open all week during the local school (Ithaca and Trumansburg) break weeks during Holiday and Spring Break.
CONTACT: Museum of the Earth:
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
607.273.6623
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Exhibit Content:
Dr. Robert M. Ross
Associate Director for Outreach
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Exhibit Design:
Elizabeth (Beth) Stricker
Director of Exhibitions
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Press Inquiries:
Marketing Department
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Donations:
Ingrid Zabel
Development Manager
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