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Life in One Cubic Foot

Life In One Cubic Foot, Smithsonian

August 19 through November 13, 2022

IMNH Explores the Diversity of Life on Earth in Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition “Life in One Cubic Foot”

The temporary exhibition “Life in One Cubic Foot.” The exhibition follows the research of Smithsonian scientists and photographer David Liittschwager as they discover what a cubic foot of land or water—a biocube—reveals about the diversity of life on the planet. “Life in One Cubic Foot” will be on view August 19 through November 13. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Plan A Visit


Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.




Adult (18+):  $7.00

Senior (60+):  $5.00

Youth (4-17):  $3.00

Children 3 and under:  Free

ISU Faculty/Staff/Student: Free*

Members: Free

Active Military & Veterans: FREE (May 21 - Sept 5) *

*With appropriate ID, A Blue Star Museum


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.


A partial tyrannosauroid femur from the mid-Cretaceous Wayan Formation

Tyrannosauroid femur

In a new paper published in the Journal of Paleontology, Dr. L.J. Krumenacker, adjunct professor of geosciences at ISU and affiliate curator at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, and his co-authors share the details of a partial femur of a Tyrannosaurus-like dinosaur. 

“This is the first bone of a tyrannosaur to be found in Idaho and the oldest bone of Cretaceous-age tyrannosaur from North America,” said Krumenacker. “This fossil shows that a variety of tyrannosaurs were present in western North America around 100 million years ago and well before these types of animals became the dominant predators near the end of the age of dinosaurs.”

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