Museum of the Earth
The “Museum of the Earth” is a museum for Paleontological Research. The Paleontological Research Institution is in the Finger Lakes Region and is an interactive research gallery infact it is one of the largest paleontological collections in the nation. The museum began the initial planning with state financial support in 1999 and was a ten-year long labor of love in planning, design and construction.
This Museum is part of Ithaca’s Trail and within the hillside on Ithaca’s West Hill. The Museum is organized into two parallel and interconnected buildings – a public education wing and a new exhibition hall with sustainable features: a water-management strategy that recycles ground water, parking areas diverting groundwater runoff to bioswales with gravel filters and reintroduced prehistoric grasses such as equisetum, geo-exchange thermal insulation system for the below-grade exhibition hall and an immense amount of natural lighting from walls of windows.
American Institute of Architects‘s regional awards or “Excellence in Design” and “Honor Award for Architecture” in 2004
19,000 sq ft
3 sq ft
Paleontological Research Institution
Weiss / Manfredi Architects