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MUSEUM OF THE EARTH NEW CORAL REEFS EXHIBIT FACT SHEET

DESCRIPTION: In May 2013, the Museum of the Earth will be opening a new, permanent exhibit that focuses on the effects of climate change on our planet. The coral reefs will showcase how human induced climate change has affected the delicate ecosystems and give visitors an opportunity to see these amazing systems up close. The new exhibit consists of two large aquariums, one focusing on Indo-Pacific reefs and one focusing on Caribbean reefs, which incidentally, is the only Caribbean reef tank on the East Coast.

The coral reefs exhibit is exciting because the community can watch these exhibits grow over the next year. At first, it will simply be rocks in a tank filled with water, but over the next nine to twelve months, the aquariums will be a full coral reef, teeming with life. These tanks will explain how reefs and their disappearance have played a prominent role in other mass extinctions in the geologic past.  

This exhibit will be housed next to the Museum’s new glacier exhibit, which will also educate the public on the effects of climate change with a new interactive exhibit. While it may seem odd to have an exhibit depicting climate change from glaciers to the tropics, having both shown in one location encourages discussion regarding climate change. These two places are completely different, yet human-induced climate change affects them greatly, as they are both extensive and sensitive environments.
OPENING DATE: Glacier Gala: Saturday May 4, 6:00pm-9:00pm
(Order tickets at www.priweb.org/gala)
Member’s Opening: Thursday May 9, 5:30pm
Family Day: Saturday May 11, 10:00am-1:00pm
ABOUT THE MUSEUM: 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.
FUNDING AND SPONSORS: The coral reefs exhibit has been funded in part by the Triad Foundation, Cornell University, PRI Trustees, and contributions from the general public.

Donations are still being accepted and can be made in person at the Museum, online at www.priweb.org/donate or by contacting Ingrid Zabel at 607.273.6623 x11.
CORAL REEFS DESIGN: The exhibit was designed in part by Adirondack Studios, located in Argyle, NY. Founded in 1975, Adirondack Studios is a world leader in museum exhibit design. Further design and fabrication was created in-house by PRI staff. The project was managed by Beth Stricker, PRI’s Director of Exhibitions.
ADMISSION: Adult | $8
Senior (65+) | $5
College Student with ID | $5
Youth (4-17) | $3
Children under 3 | Free
Members | Free
DIRECTIONS: The Museum of the Earth is less than two hours away from Rochester and less than an hour and half from Binghamton, Corning, Elmira, and Syracuse.

For Ithaca-area residents, visitors can use the TCAT bus system via Route 14 from the Ithaca Commons.
    
Parking at the Museum is free.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day):
Monday-Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-5:00pm

Winter Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day):
Monday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday | CLOSED
Thursday-Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-5:00pm

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

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

 

CONTACT: Museum of the Earth:
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
607.273.6623
priweb.org

Exhibit Content:
Dr. Robert M. Ross
Associate Director for Outreach
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Exhibit Design:
Elizabeth (Beth) Stricker
Director of Exhibitions
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Press Inquiries:
Development Department
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Donations:
Ingrid Zabel
Development Manager
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