Museum of the Earth

1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY (Directions)

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.


Hyde Park Mastodon

Museum of the Earth


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 special exhibitions, lectures, family-friendly programs, and more!



Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Daily: 10 am - 5 pm

Winter Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day)
Thu - Mon: 10 am - 5 pm
Tue - Wed: Closed

Holiday Hours

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We close at 2 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The Museum is open all week during the local school (Ithaca and Trumansburg) break weeks: Holiday Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.



Individual Admission Rates

Adult $9

Senior (65+) $7

College Student (with ID) $7

Youth (4-17) $6

Child (3 and under) Free

Members Free

EBT cardholders $1




TCATRide the bus! We are on Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Route 14 (West Hill-Hospital-Commons).  The Museum of the Earth is stop #2547.


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We are proud members of:

Ithaca’s Discovery Trail     ASTC     Museums for All     Blue Star Museums


The Museum of the Earth is an educational venue of the Paleontological Research Institution.

Please note: 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. Service animals are welcomed.

When in Ithaca, be sure to also visit our other educational venues:
Cayuga Nature Center and Smith Woods.

Museum of the Earth