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Idaho Museum Of Natural History Pocatello

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Idaho Museum Of Natural History
5th Avenue and Dillon Street
ISU Building 12
Pocatello
ID
83209
Tel: 208 282-3317

Directions

Travel back in time to Idaho State University campus - Building 12. Follow any brown signs you see for "IMNH Bison". You can park adjacent to the Museum or in the General Parking area. You can obtain a free parking pass from the Museum Admission desk which you will then need to just display on your windshield. Then have fun!

Where are we going today?

Fierce meat eating dinosaurs, majestic and grand ice aged mammals, bubbling volcanic hotspots....where else much you be that....Idaho?  If you guessed Idaho, you'd be right! 

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is a truly fascinating insight into earlier life in and around the state, with over 500,000 collections in anthropology (who used to live in the area?  They even have collections of clothing and dolls from the people of the past), life science (everything we know and love above the ground), earth science (fossils, minerals, and all things found underneath our feet), as well as an interesting archive of ethnographic photographs. 

A long, long time ago, long before you were born, Idaho was a very different place, as was the whole world.

It was full of amazing, wondrous and often very very BIG creatures who walked the earth where you now go to school and enjoy family time.

The museum houses both permanent collections, as well as special exhibits for a period of time, so make sure you keep checking to see what's coming up so you don't miss out. 

Visit the Anthropology exhibit where you can experience a wide range of items - from children’s dolls to games - even bows and arrows, that mark the traditional life that these families once had.

Check out the Earth Sciences exhibit where everything geology - from minerals to fossils - can be unearthed! Of course Life Sciences is where you can learn all about the diverse flora and fauna of the area. It’s a learning treat! 

Want to see real dinosaur bones?  Sure!  As you wander round you will see their collection of dinosaurs which have been painstakingly put back together after being found lying in this very ground. 

 

So come on, lets go back in time!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • Children$1 children K-12
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Tues - Saturday 11am - 5pm

Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Teachers corner

There are a number of great resources for families, children and teachers, including a fun and educational hands on discovery room, onine exhibits and learning materials, school trips and classroom outreach programs, and an education resource library..

I'm Hungry!

Hopefully your stomach isn't as big as the dinosaurs - they really had an appetite! If you do work up that appetite, there are several delicious restaurants nearby which you can visit for your lunch. .

Any Top Tips?

There are always speciality tours happening so make sure you keep an eye out for one your whole family will love! Does your group have a particular interest in one of our exhibits or in our collections? It may be possible to arrange a special "behind the scenes" tour for your group. Contact us for more information. School Group Visits Do you want to bring your school or daycare group to the museum? The Museum can arrange for your group to have a docent-led educational tour. Contact us for more information. .

Need a little extra help?

There is a handicap accessible entrance at the Lower Quadrangle. If you are needing a wheelchair, you can obtain one at the Museum Admissions Desk for use during your time there. There are elevators up to the lower level restrooms, and if you display your Handicap parking tag there are spaces available outside the Museum. .

Baby Facilities

There are changing tables in the restrooms. .

Can I get one of those?

Only if you're good! The IMNH’s gift store has a wonderful range of unique souvenirs which reflect the exhibits at the museum, as well as Idaho's natural history, and products by local artists. Books, DVDs, games....make sure you allocate browsing time in your visit!.

What people are saying?

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    My son and I have really enjoyed the Shark Exhibit and have had the opportunity to go through on several occasions. I would highly recommend it to everyone (even if you don't have kiddos) before the event is over at the beginning of May!

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    A great place for the entire family. Learn about Idahos natural history from prehistoric times to the present.

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    Great Family fun.

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