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Marie Hopkins Comparative Osteology Collection

The Comparative Osteology Collection is a teaching and interpretive resource, containing over 2500 bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, and fish skeletal specimens. Specimens range from a single element to the entire skeleton.  The collection is used for teaching comparative osteology, archaeology and zoology classes at IMNH and ISU.  It is also a resource for paleontologists and archaeologists, and is used for wildlife forensics by several wildlife agencies.

Most specimens in the collection are from this region (Idaho and the Intermountain West) but as time and opportunity arise, specimens from other regions as well as zoo specimens (elephant, camel, etc.) have been incorporated into the collection.  The collection also holds some pathological conditions and genetic anomalies which are of use to researchers studying the effects of nutrition, disease, and genetics on ancient and modern populations.

Museum Hours


(Memorial Day-Labor Day)

Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-6 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
Monday: Closed

(Labor Day-Memorial Day)

Tuesday-Friday: 12 pm-6 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
Monday: Closed
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*

Active Military** 20% off

20% off

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

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


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Idaho Museum of Natural History

698 E Dillon St

Pocatello, ID 83201


We are located on the campus of Idaho State Univeristy.