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Museum of the Earth

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The Museum of the Earth is a natural history museum located in Ithaca, New York. The museum was opened in 2003 as part of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), an independent organization pursuing research and education in the history of the Earth and its life. Both PRI and the Museum of the Earth are formally affiliated with Cornell University. The Museum of the Earth is home to Earth science exhibits and science-related art displays with a focus on the concurrent evolution of the Earth and life. History In the spring of 1994, the PRI Board of Directors approved the proceedings for the initial planning of a museum to operate in accordance with PRI's mission. With initial state financial support of 2million,PRIbeganthedesignprocessfortheMuseumoftheEarthinJanuary1999.Constructionofthemuseumbeganin2001andwasfinishedby2003,afterseveraldelays,costingatotalofmorethan2 million, PRI began the design process for the Museum of the Earth in January 1999. Construction of the museum began in 2001 and was finished by 2003, after several delays, costing a total of more than 11 million. The museum officially opened to the public on Septe
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