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 you 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. Come see our North Atlantic Right Whale and Hyde Park mastodon skeletons, say hello to Steggy, the stegosaurus, and check out our live coral reef tanks!

Museum of the Earth