Welcome to the website for the Idaho Museum of Natural History, the Official Natural History Museum of the State of Idaho. 

Located in Pocatello, Idaho, on the campus of Idaho State University, the Museum is home to various public exhibits in Anthropology, Earth and Life Sciences. It is our goal to discover, record and share the unique history and culture of the State of Idaho.  In fact, many of the Museum’s offerings are only available at the IMNH, and cannot be found at other Natural History Museums in Idaho or elsewhere. 

Since 1934, the Idaho Museum of Natural History has offered unique, educational and fun opportunities to visitors, classrooms, tourists and the public at large. Visit us on the campus of ISU, Tuesday through Sunday, and be sure to check back often for new exhibits and collections.

Spirits & Skeletons

October 13, 2017 7pm to 10:30 pm

Do you enjoy Halloween, costume parties, and Friday the 13th? Join the Idaho Museum of Natural History on October, Friday the 13th for Spirits & Skeletons, a costume party and fundraiser. All proceeds from Spirit & Skeletons will go to our upcoming exhibit The Incredible Horse opening January 20, 2018. 

Spirits & Skeletons will include a costume contest (scariest, funniest, sexiest, & best couple), silent auction, no host beer & wine bar, hor d’oeuvres, DJ, and a sneak peek at our newest exhibit BISON, opening October 14, 2017.

Tickets are $25 online or purchase tickets at the door for $35. This a 21 and up party.

Do you need childcare? Adventures in Daycare will be providing on-site childcare. Follow the link to register your child! 

BISON creates an interactive environment that combines history, artifacts and hands-on activities to bring to life the story of this great North American mammal. The exhibit is made possible by National Buffalo Foundation and the Kauffman Museum. BISON is available to museums across the US and Canada to tell the tragic history of this majestic animal, its rescue from near extinction, and the story of people across North America working to preserve the bison as a vibrant part of our future.

The Incredible Horse follows the horse from its earliest fossil beginnings in North America to its expansion to Asia and Europe through its extinction in North America 10,000 years ago. Re-introduced to North America by the Spanish in the 16th Century horses profoundly shaped Native American lifeways. Today, horses are a major part of Idaho’s identity and are helping people in ways.

Get your Tickets here!

ISU Scavenger Hunt September 21st


small version of scavenger hunt

You think you know the history of Idaho State University and the Idaho Museum of Natural History? Join us and the Idaho State University Alumni Association in for an ISU Scavenger Hunt. To win, be the first to return to home base with a selfie with each historic feature around campus and the museum. Grab your friends or go at it alone. First, second and third place will receive a prize! 

Doors open at 6:45 pm and the hunt will begin at 7:05 pm!

$5 Public, $3 ISU Staff/Faculty/Alumni*, $2 ISU Students*

*with valid ID

Pre-Register here!

Museum to Display University History

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) on the campus of Idaho State University (ISU) will open I Love ISU: the exhibit just in time for Homecoming 2017. 

The I Love ISU: the exhibit explores the history of ISU through historic photographs, artifacts, and stories. ISU opened in 1901 on 10 acres of land donated by the residents of Pocatello east of the Oregon Short Line Railroad tracks. From its humble beginnings as a school for vocational training with four faculty and fewer than 100 students, ISU has grown into a research institution serving over 12,000 students in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. The university has witnessed four name changes and weathered the adversity of two world wars and the ebb and flow of the economic fortunes of the Intermountain West. 

IMNH collaborated with the ISU Oboler Library Special Collections and Alex Bolinger, College of Business assistant professor to create this exhibit. The Library provided the images and Bolinger helped with the context of each of the images.

 The exhibit will run September 16th – October 8th. In honor of this new exhibit we will be hosting Feed Your Inner Bengal, September 18th from 11 am to 1pm. Fill up on lunch and expand your Bengal pride. We invite you to explore the gallery for $1 and get a free lunch. Lunch will include hot dogs, chips, drinks, and otter pops.

 The IMNH is open six days a week, closed Mondays. Since 1934, the IMNH has offered unique, educational and fun opportunities to visitors, classrooms, tourists and the public at large. To learn more please visit imnh.isu.edu or call 208-282-3168.


Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
ISU Student w/valid ID $2
Youth 4-17  $3
Child 3 and under FREE
Museum Member FREE
Active Military w/ valid ID 20% off
Veteran w/ valid ID 20% off


Museum Parking

Where to go for IMNH Parkng

Complimentary parking is available in the General Parking Lot 01, accessed at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Dillon Street. Museum Patron's parking is marked.

Contact Us

Email us

(208) 282-3168

(208) 282-5893

Idaho Museum of Natural History

921 S. 8th ave Stop 8096

Pocatello,ID 83201

We are located just off the corner of 5th street and Dillon street in Pocatello.

Museum Hours

Tues-Fri: 10 am-6pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: noon-5pm
Mon: Closed
Closed 12/24, 12/25, & 1/1


Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
ISU Student  $2
Youth 4-17  $3
Child 3 & under FREE
Museum Member FREE
Active Military 20% off


20% off


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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