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The Idaho Museum of Natural History values history and the relevance of history. 

We believe history is essential to ourselves: To our identity; history nurtures personal identity in an intercultural world. History enables people to discover their own place in the stories of their families, communities, and nation. To critical skills; history teaches critical 21 century skills and independent thinking. 

We believe history is essential to our communities: To vital places to live and work.  History lays the groundwork for strong, resilient communities. No place really becomes a community until it is wrapped in human memory: family stories, tribal traditions, and civic commemorations and history is essential to economic development; history is a catalyst for economic growth. People are drawn to communities that have preserved a strong sense of historical identify and character.

We believe history is essential to our future: To engaged citizens; history helps people craft better solutions. By bringing history into discussions about contemporary issues, we can better understand the origins of and multiple perspectives on the challenges we face. History is essential to leadership; history inspires local and global leaders. History provides leaders with inspiration and role models for meeting the complex challenges that face our communities, nation, and the world. And, history is essential to our legacy; history, saved and preserved, is the foundation for future generations.

Giving Priorities

  • The Director’s Excellence Fund is a great way to support immediate needs of the museum. Gifts made to this fund will be used at the discretion of the director to further the mission of the museum.
  • Endowments to enhance particular collections
  • Direct collection enhancements


Director of Development

Office: Idaho Museum of Natural History Administration Museum Building 212A 921 S 8th Ave STOP 8096 Pocatello, ID 83209

(208) 282-3168