From atoms to artifacts, foxes to fossils, robins to rhododendrons, sculpture to storytellers—Ithaca's Discovery Trail has something for everyone!

The only organization of its kind, the Discovery Trail promotes awareness and understanding of the connections among art, history, literature, science, and the natural world. We celebrated ten years of collaboration in 2009.


Visit the Trail’s website or to learn more about all Ithaca has to offer!

The Johnson Museum’s partners in the Discovery Trail are:

Cayuga Nature Center

Discover the animals and plant life of the Finger Lakes region on 120 acres of fields, ponds. and gorges.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Follow the life and travels of birds and visit the Macaulay Sound Library, the world's largest natural sound archive. Free admission.

Cornell Botanic Gardens

More than 4,300 acres of specialty gardens, a 150-acre arboretum, and a vast collection of protected natural areas. Free admission.

The History Center in Tompkins County

A treasure trove of regional history with traveling exhibits, a research library, and a vast photo collection. Free admission.

Museum of the Earth at PRI

Explore 4 billion years of life on earth with interactive exhibits and one of America's largest fossil collections.


A hands-on science museum for all ages with more than 250 touchable exhibits.

Tompkins County Public Library

Weekly readings, lectures, arts presentations. Free admission.