Museum of the Earth Is Reopening August 8, 2020


The Museum of the Earth is reopening! We have been given the go ahead by New York State, and we are making your health and safety our top priority as we reopen. The Museum will be open to the general public starting August 8, 2020. Our new hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

Come out to see our “Bees! Diversity, Evolution, Conservation” special exhibit—we have extended the run through the end of 2020, so you still have time to catch this fantastic view into a realm often overlooked – the incredible world of bees! Investigate their ancient origins, their immense diversity, and the ever-evolving drama between flowers and pollinators.

To make sure you have the best experience, we are instituting a reservation system. All visitors will be required to reserve their visit times online at:   There will be three two-hour time slots per day (at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm) to make sure there is plenty of room for visitors to properly social distance while in the Museum.

For the safety of all visitors and staff, everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at the Museum. The Museum staff have instituted rigorous cleaning protocols, including deep cleans twice a day, for everyone’s protection.

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) pursues and integrates education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. PRI and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, are separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach. If you would like to support our continuing mission, please go to

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