Fierce meat eating dinosaurs, majestic and grand ice aged mammals, bubbling volcanic hotspots - where might you be kids? 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!
$3 (Ages 4 to 17)
Free for members & ISU Students with ID, $5 seniors, military 20% off
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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There are changing tables in the restrooms.
Winter Hours (to Memorial Day): 12pm - 6pm Tuesday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 12pm - 5pm Sunday / Summer hours extended, check online for details
Closed Mondays & Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day
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