The Paleontological Research Institution’s Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the general public with a unique opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. 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. Through hands-on, visual exhibitions and outreach, the Museum of the Earth encourages critical thinking about life on Earth in the past and today, and how our species is affecting the natural world.
History of the Museum of the Earth Building
The Museum of the Earth was designed by New York City architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. Planning for the Museum of the Earth began in 1994. Construction began in September 2001 and the Museum opened to the public in September 2003. The building received an Excellence in Design Award from the New York State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2004.
Labor Day through Memorial Day
10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday
The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. We will be open 10am – 5 pm on December 29th and 30th.