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June & July 2021


Botany Field School 2021

Idaho State University/Idaho Museum of Natural History is offering a 2 week, 3-credit botany field class for summer, 2021. 

May 31 - June 25

Prehistoric flintknapping tools

2021 Archaeology Field School

Traditional method means using only the antler, bone, ivory, wood, and stones that were available to a specific culture, region, and time period. Learn terminology of stone tool production and the many different kinds of tools you can make. You will be able to identify what activity took place just from looking at the debris left behind. 

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Skulls, Everyone's Got One Now Open

Skulls Everyone's Got One Logo

The exhibition will feature over 100 skulls from the IMNH collections and 3D printing. The range in size from over 7 feet to less than an inch. See a minke whale, great hammerhead shark, Diabloceratops, birds, lizards, and skulls like yours. Pose in front of the wall of spikes, a showcase of horns, antlers, bumps, knobs, and frills animals use to live their life. From giant saltwater crocodiles to dinosaurs, whales, and bison, you will never look in the mirror the same way again!

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The Museum will be CLOSED Easter Sunday (4/4/2021)


Monday: Closed*

Tuesday: 12 - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 12 - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 12 - 5 p.m.

Friday: 12 - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 - 5 p.m.

Field Trips

*Admin Offices Open


Adult (18+):  $7

Senior (60+):  $5

Youth (4-17):  $3

Children 3 and under:  Free

ISU student: Free*

Members: Free

Corporate/Group: $3/adult $1.50/child**

Active Military & Veterans: 20% Discount *

*With appropriate ID

**To schedule call (208) 282-3168


Complimentary parking is available in the Idaho State University's General Parking Lot 01, on the west-side of the pine trees. Can be accessed at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Dillon Street. Parking is marked for Museum Patrons. If museum parking is full a pass can be obtained at the front desk.

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Your Safety is our Priority

The Museum has procedures to limit the number of guests in the gallery at one time, regularly sanitize interactive spaces after each group, and conduct deeper cleaning before each day. Face coverings are required at the Museum and will be provided complimentary with the purchase of admission. If you are concerned about waiting please call ahead (208) 282-3317.

Upcoming Events

A door opening to get a peek behind the scenes

April 16, 2021

5 - 8 p.m.

Go behind the scenes with Idaho Virtualization Lab Manager, Tim Gomes, who will take you through In the Shadows and the lab for an in-depth tour of how 3D images and objects are created. Because your safety is our number one priority registration is required.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

Limited Group Size - Regular Admission Applies

Science and Research News

These Prehistoric Sharks Had Jaws Shaped Like Circular Saws and Sawtoothed Sciss

An illustration of the ancient shark Edestus heinrichi preying on a fish. Many ancient sharks had different jaws than modern sharks.

By Riley Black


APRIL 2, 2021

Imagine a great white shark with a set of sawtoothed scissors for a mouth. Ridiculous as that image might seem at first, such a creature once swam through Earth’s seas. More than 300 million years ago, Edestus giganteous bit through its fishy prey with a set of thin, blade like jaws with each serrated tooth set in line right behind the last. There’s nothing quite like this fish alive today, and paleontologists have only recently been able to piece together the relevant clues to understand Edestus and other strange shark relatives from the deep past.

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Unlocking the Secrets of the Dire Wolf

ISU researcher Mary Thompson collaborated with scientists from around the world to learn more about the dire wolf, the highly intelligent but terrifying beasts from Game of Thrones.

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At the IMNH, our philosophy is all about discovery! Discovery through world-class, science-based programming that highlights the incredible life, earth, and anthropology collections we steward for the State of Idaho, its citizens, and our visitors. 

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(208) 282-3168

(208) 282-3317

698 E Dillon St (Physical) Pocatello, ID 83201

We are located on the Idaho State University's Pocatello campus in Building #12.

921 S 8th Ave (Mailing) STOP 8096 Pocatello, ID 83209



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