Did Dinosaurs Poop? Wins Award of Merit from Museumwise

(Ithaca, NY-March 1, 2013) The Museum of the Earth is pleased to announce that its recent traveling exhibit, Did Dinosaurs Poop?, created in house by PRI staff, won an Award of Merit from Museumwise: The Museum Association of New York, a statewide service and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to making the diverse body of New York State museums better. The group is a non-profit service organization which provides support, advice and training to historical societies, museums, historians, archivists, and other heritage organizations in New York State. The award will be given at a luncheon on Monday, April 15, during the Museums in Conversation Annual Conference in Syracuse, NY.

Children become food, fossils, and paleontologists in Did Dinosaurs Poop? Designed for an audience of families with children ages 4 to 10, this exhibition presents a fun, colorful approach to learning about fossils and dinosaur diets long ago. Visitors take a digestion journey, traveling as dinosaur “food” from tooth to tush, and discover how poop can become a fossil. This exhibit shows what stones, bones, and teeth can tell us about a dinosaur’s diet, understand the process of fossilization, allow visitors to reconstruct past ecological webs, and give them an opportunity to learn from the amazing fossil record. Did Dinosaurs Poop? is a traveling exhibit, and can currently be seen at the North Museum of Natural History and Science in Lancaster, PA.

“We are very pleased to receive an Award of Merit from Museumwise: MANY for our newest traveling exhibition,” said  Beth Stricker, Director of Exhibitions, “Did Dinosaurs Poop? is the first of several engaging exhibits for a younger audience that we will be opening over the next few years and getting this kind of recognition and encouragement from experts in the museum field means the world to us.”


About Museum of the Earth:
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.

About Museumwise: MANY and its Award of Merit:
Museumwise: MANY is a non-profit organization which provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions. Each year its Award of Merit program recognizes exceptional and innovative projects in the museum and history community such as exhibitions, collections care projects, heritage tourism, history publications, and websites.