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Geology

Rocks and the minerals are the building blocks of the earth. Modern technology and our society as a whole depend upon rocks and minerals as raw materials. In fact, rocks and minerals have supported the development of societies and civilizations throughout human history. The scientific study of rocks and minerals is crucial to understanding the earth’s dynamic geologic processes, and illuminates new and better ways to both utilize and conserve our natural resources. Gemstones have been prized since antiquity for adornment and as symbols of status and wealth. Meteorites are some of the oldest pieces of our solar system and are keys to unraveling its origin.  Our lapidary collection of polished stones and faceted gems covers both natural and synthetic materials. Specimens have been collected from around the world and with some dating back to the 1930’s, the collections are historical as well as scientific. Private collections, most notably Fujii, Thiel, and Clark Collections, donated to the museum have greatly enhanced the collection.

Museum Hours

 

SPRING/SUMMER HOURS

(Late March - Early September)

Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Monday: Closed
 
FALL/WINTER HOURS

(Early September - Late March)

Tuesday - Friday: 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Monday: Closed
 
HOLIDAY CLOSURES:
Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Admission Prices

Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
Youth 4-17 $3
Child 3 & under FREE
Museum Member FREE

Idaho State University Student*

FREE
Active Military** 20% off
Veteran**

20% off

*With valid ID. Must be currently enrolled in classes.

**With valid ID. Discount only applies to individual.

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Pocatello, ID 83201


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