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IMNH Exhibits

Living with Fire

November 12, 2016 – January 14, 2018

Our newest exhibit explores fires in Idaho. Wildfires are a natural part of Idaho’s arid landscape. For as long as forests and grasslands have covered the earth’s surface, seasonal fires have consumed, renewed and shaped them. Plants and animals of our region have adopted ways to live with fire, but changes to fire frequency and the ever-expanding human population into wild spaces brings new challenges. Living With Fire is a new exhibit that looks at how Idahoans have dealt with this force of nature, from the Great Idaho Fire of 1910 to the Charlotte Fire in Pocatello a century later.



October 14 2017 - January 14 2018

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 Incredible Horse

January 2018 - January 2019
Born in America, this exhibit will explore the evolution, extinction, and reintroduction of the horse in North America through fossils, artifacts, and modern encounters. 

The Buzzsaw Sharks of Long Ago

Exhibit description:

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is touring a major new exhibit that tracks the unfolding perceptions of a big, bizarre prehistoric whorl-toothed shark. Although first described in 1899 from a fossil whorl found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, most of the world’s still-rare specimens of Helicoprion have been unearthed in Idaho’s phosphate mines. In 2013, a significant breakthrough led by Idaho State University researchers collaborating with modern shark specialists and a Helicoprion-obsessed artist shed important new light on the weird animal.

The exhibit presents a wide array of spectacular Helicoprion fossils integrated with original artworks by Alaskan artist Ray Troll. Also featured are a dramatic life-sized model by renowned paleo-sculptor Gary Staab of the shark bursting through a museum wall, a mechanical interactive jaw, children’s activities, whirling gobo lights, a digital aquarium, original music, a short documentary and more. Fun for the whole family, the exhibit is a unique combination of science, art, music and humor that explores the many ways people come to know the natural world through fascinating animals and the quest to unravel a provocative mystery.

 Contents: Exhibit features the following

  • 21 artworks by Ray Troll
  • 1 hand-painted mural (17’ long unframed canvas) by Ray Troll & Memo Jauregui
  • 2 large life-sized sculptures of Helicoprion by Gary Staab of Staab Studios
  • 3 vinyl banners with original Ray Troll artwork
  • 2 Gobo lights (with stylized Helicoprion whorls)
  • 2 flat screen television sets with digital content
  • Humorous documentary film about the artist, Ray Troll
  • Whorl-patterned “art couch”
  • Digital aquarium
  • Whorl-patterned curtains
  • Interactive Helicoprion jaw model
  • Exhibit furniture with original Ray Troll artwork
  • Sound system with original soundtrack music
  • Transparencies for custom wall graphics
  • A number of large Helicoprion fossils
  • Plus casts, labels, and more! (The cheeseburgers are included at no extra charge)

Participation fee:

  • $ 17,500 for a sixteen-week period plus the cost of inbound shipping.


  • 2,000 square feet (can be suited to fit almost any shape gallery)
  • Can be split into smaller sections to fit in multiple galleries
  • At least 9 ft. ceiling clearance is required
  • A member of the institution’s staff is required to be in the gallery at all times visitors are present (can be a volunteer as well)
  • Exhibit can expand or contract (with wall graphics and/or hanging preferences)

Number of Crates:

  • 14 crates (largest crate footprint is 6’ x 12’)
  • Around one 53’ semi trailer or 3 TEU shipping containers

Exhibit support: 

  • Educational and programming resources
  • Publicity kit (with sample press releases and photos)
  • Access to IMNH paleontologists

Books and other merchandise available for purchase:

  • Companion books by Ray Troll include Sharkabet: a Sea of Sharks from A to Z, Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Dr. Kirk Johnson, Something Fishy This Way Comes, fossil maps, magnets and T-shirts.

Exhibit photos can be seen at:

National Geographic news story from 2013 about the breakthrough IMNH research on Helicoprion:

For more information contact:

I Love ISU

September 16 - October 8

I Love ISU explores the history of Idaho State University through historic photographs, artifacts, and stories.

Be the Dinosaur

May 13, 2017 – September 6, 2016

Be the Dinosaur™” is a groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits, featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and more. Visitors of all ages can enter into the largest and most complex restoration of an extinct ecosystem ever created. A traveling exhibit from eureka exhibits.


Get out of your house and into the trees at the Idaho Museum of Natural History newest exhibit, opening January 28th

This Spring, families can spend some quality time hanging out in the trees with a visit to the Idaho Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, Tree Houses. This new hands-on exhibit is the second created by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative, the same group of museums that created the museum’s popular 2005 exhibit, Turtle Travels.

This time, the focus moves up, in, around and even underneath trees. Tree Houses includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things (including people!). Incorporating all of the senses, this popular exhibit engages forest explorers of all ages in indoor nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource.

Tree Houses will open to the public on January 28th.  The exhibit was produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont; and the Children’s Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine) with major support from Jane’s Trust. Additional support was provided by Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It will be at the Idaho Museum of Natural History through May 6th.

 Exposed: Never Before Seen Wonders!

June 2016 – January 2017

The Idaho Museum of Natural History Is Exposing Its Collections

Did you know the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) has over 700,000 objects in its collection?

Since its inception in 1934 the museum has collected, preserved, and saved objects for future generations. Opening June 18th, IMNH’s newest exhibit Exposed: Never Before Seen Wonders celebrates 82 years of existence and the amazing, the weird, and the extra-large objects in our collections. In addition, the exhibit highlights some of the people that have made the museum what it is today.

The exhibit includes objects collected by United States presidents; shrunken heads from South America; the first writing system; a moon rock; Rufus, the mammoth excavated near American Falls, Idaho; and much, much more. 

Idaho Power Centennial Exhibit

September 13, 2016 – November 3, 2016

In 2016, Idaho Power is commemorating a century of service in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. To celebrate, Idaho Power invites the communities we serve to view a historical traveling exhibit, opening at the Nampa Public Library on Tuesday, May 24, with an opening event on Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. An Idaho Power representative will make a brief presentation at 6 p.m.

Through stories, photographs, artifacts and interactive displays, the exhibit showcases by decade the challenges our company faced and the work our employees did to ensure reliable, fair-priced energy for our first 100 years and for years to come.

Idaho Power President and CEO Darrel Anderson is excited about our centennial year and what it represents for Idaho Power communities and past and present employees.

“Those who came before us created a strong foundation on which we continue to build,” Anderson said. “To celebrate this legacy, the company is proudly recognizing employees and retirees, and sharing our rich history with our communities through traveling and online exhibits.”

This is the fourth stop on the exhibit’s 2016 tour throughout our service area. For more information on the exhibit’s next stop, or to view the online exhibit, visit


September 3, 2016 – October 16, 2016

Water/Ways is a traveling exhibit from Museum on Main Street, a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide that serves the small-town museums and citizens of rural America.

Water is a critical resource. An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment’s engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape.

Water’s impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation. We cherish our connections to nature, particularly the sights, the sounds, and the sense of place we feel at the water’s edge.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

May 28, 2016 thru August 28, 2016

How much food do you eat in a day? In a week? If you had to put all your food together on a table for a week, how much space would that take up?

A new photo exhibition opening May 28th at Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU), Hungry Planet: What the World Eats,depicts families from around the world and explores human kind’s oldest social activity: eating.

Photographer Peter Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio spent time with the families as they farmed, shopped, cooked and ate.  At the end of each visit, they created a portrait of the family surrounded by a week’s worth of their groceries.  The goal of the project and books is to help people see the world in a broader context and provide the means for comparing oneself to others.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake (March 19, 2016-June 12, 2016)

Titanoboa: Monster Snake. The scientifically accurate full-scale replica of the massive reptile on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Slithering in at 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half tons, a realistic replica of the world’s largest snake is on exhibit at Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) between March 19 and June 12, 2016. Sixty million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, scientists believe that a colossal snake related to modern boa constrictors thrived in a hot tropical climate.

“Titanoboa: Monster Snake” includes the snake replica and two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils: a 17-foot-long modern green anaconda and the vertebra from Titanoboa, as the giant snake is called. Videos produced by the Smithsonian Channel tell the story of this amazing scientific discovery. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. “Titanoboa” will travel to 15-cities on a national tour organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Fish in the Museum (Feb. 2016-May 2016)

The Fish in the Museum exhibit is open for students to celebrate the creativity of Idaho students and will teach students about Idaho’s native fish.

Each artist produced a representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet long or as small as 6-inches. The fish art includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and drawings. The art is as diverse as the fish species of Idaho!


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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

Spring/Summer Hours
(Late March - Early September)
Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Monday: Closed
Fall/Winter Hours
(Early September - Late March)
Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Monday: Closed
Holiday Closures:
Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day


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

Veteran w/ ID

20% off


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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