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.
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.
ISU Scavenger Hunt September 21st
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
|ISU Student w/valid ID||$2|
|Child 3 and under||FREE|
|Active Military w/ valid ID||20% off|
|Veteran w/ valid ID||20% off|
Tues-Fri: 10 am-6pm
Closed 12/24, 12/25, & 1/1
|Child 3 & under||FREE|
|Active Military||20% off|