About IVL

The Idaho Virtualization Laboratory (IVL) is a research unit of the Idaho Museum of Natural History on the campus of Idaho State University. Our lab houses state-of-the-art technology for imaging, virtualization, and simulation of material items, landscapes, and life. we provide education, research, and informatics to the social and natural sciences.  

What we do

The equipment at the IVL is intended for digital archiving of valuable museum collections, materials from archaeological and paleontological excavations, faunal remains, and all other aspects of cultural and natural history. Many items housed in museum and teaching collections are perishable and easily damaged by repeated handling. The goal in creating digital archives of collections is to preserve the integrity of the specimens and provide alternative access to collections.

The IVL serves as a laboratory for applying 3d imaging to research, teaching, and outreach projects developed by scientists and educators. We openly encourage interdepartmental research, and have an open door policy to all scientific endeavors conducted by our colleagues here at Idaho State University, local and regional administrative agencies, and other academic institutions. We also provide digitization services to the greater community whenever required. 

The IVL’s near-term focus is on a number of interesting projects. These include a global effort to scan whale skeletons, and the Virtual Museum of Idaho, where we will scan and put online much of the collection from the Idaho Museum of Natural History as part of an ongoing effort to deliver our collection to the people of Idaho.

Have 3D Scanners. Will Travel. The IVL has a long track record of digitizing museum collections, private collections, and creating artwork.  Using top of the line laser scanners, Structured light scanners, LiDAR, and photogrammetry the IVL can digitize virtually everything from tiny obsidian flakes to entire whale and dinosaur skeletons.  Scanned objects can be output in a number of different file formats and resolutions based on the needs of the client.  Finished models can also be optimized for 3-D printing.  

In addition to scanning and model creation, the IVL offers digital reconstruction services.  Better than real world artistic fixes, 3D modelling software allows us to make more accurate reconstructions of damaged objects that can be 3D printed rather than molded and casted. 

 Services Offered


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(208) 282-3168

(208) 282-5893

Idaho Museum of Natural History

921 S. 8th ave Stop 8096

Pocatello,ID 83201

We are located just off the corner of 5th street and Dillon street in Pocatello.

Museum Hours

Tues-Fri: 10 am-6pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: noon-5pm
Mon: Closed
Closed 12/24, 12/25, & 1/1


Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
ISU Student  $2
Youth 4-17  $3
Child 3 & under FREE
Museum Member FREE
Active Military 20% off


20% off


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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