Idaho Museum Of Natural History

Pocatello, ID

Where are we going?

Idaho Museum Of Natural History
698 E Dillon St Pocatello
ID 83201

208 282-3317

What is there to do?

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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $7

Children: $3 (Ages 4 to 17)

Discount: Free for members & ISU Students with ID, $5 seniors, military 20% off

Free Under: 3 years


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.


When can we go?

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


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.

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. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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