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Bison Biz Treasure Hunt is a new community engagement program being offered this year by the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH). To get started:

  • Step 1: Pick up a clue card at any of the Bison Biz Partners or print one below.
  • Step 2: Visit all 10 businesses and have your clue card signed off or take a picture with the Bison Box and tag the IMNH at #BISONBIZ on instagram.
  • Step 3: Turn in filled clue card into the Idaho Museum of Natural History to get entered into a multi prize drawing.

Start today and join in on the fun!



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Idaho Museum of Natural History FY18 Impact Statement.




The Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH), which is located on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello, have partnered to make fossils more available to the public. Beginning today, the 3-D scan models of Bison latifrons specimens are available online to view, download, and print in 3-D.

“The 3-D scanning of the objects is fantastic in and of itself, but by placing the 3-D scans onto an interactive website and making those scan files downloadable, we can get them out to the broader public,” said Jenny Huang, an archaeologist with Reclamation’s Snake River Area Office. “We are proud to be able to take our museum property management to the next level by making the collection available to everyone."

With funding from a Cultural and Scientific Collections grant from the Department of the Interior, provided through the Department’s Interior Museum Program, Reclamation was able to contract with the Idaho Virtualization Lab, a research unit of IMNH, specializing in digital archiving. The Bison Digitization Project, creates an open-access digital archive of fossil Bison that roamed eastern Idaho during the Ice Age.

This digital collection includes 250 three-dimensional models from 148 unique specimens of some of the most important and complete fossil bison in North America, curated by the IMNH. We encourage visitors to explore our digital collection for education, research or just to reconnect with our amazing history.

These files are intended for use by educators, researchers, and the general public for non-commercial purposes. The 3-D printing of these virtual specimens is allowed for use in educational and research situations and for private use, but they should not be provided for sale without the express written consent of Reclamation.

For more information about the 3-D fossils, please visit the Bureau of Reclamation project website.

Click here for the Bison Digitization Project Website.

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(Late March - Early September)

Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Monday: Closed

(Early September - Late March)

Tuesday - Friday: 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Monday: Closed
Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Admission Prices

Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
Youth 4-17 $3
Child 3 & under FREE
Museum Member FREE

Idaho State University Student*

Active Military** 20% off

20% off

*With valid ID. Must be currently enrolled in classes.

**With valid ID. Discount only applies to individual.


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Idaho Museum of Natural History

698 E Dillon St

Pocatello, ID 83201

We are located on the campus of Idaho State Univeristy.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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