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Family-friendly events for families with children of all ages. 

Member Appreciation Night

Tie Dye

Sept. 23

6 to 8 p.m.

Members Only

Registration CLOSED

We want to celebrate you, our members! Bring your family and friends for an evening of tie-dying t-shirts and get to know your fellow members. Registration is required for supplies. Please RSVP by Sept. 15.

All supplies will be provided.

Not a member join today and start receiving all our great benefits!

Family - $60 or Dual - $50 or Three-year membership option to save you money and time!

Plant-tastic Trip Time

Oct. 7

1 p.m to 5 p.m.

5th - 9th Grade

We are hosting our first annual fall In-Service Science day. This is a great way for your 5th through 9th grade student to get to interact with real museum scientists and spend time in the great outdoors. From 1-3, students will work in our herbarium collection, creating a field guide for their personal use in the second half of the program. From 3-5, students will tour the Edson Fichter Nature Area, owned by Idaho Fish and Game. They will use their field guide to identify the plants at Edson Fichter as well as explore the differences between museum specimens and specimens found in the wild.

Registration is limited to the first 20 students, and is first paid-first served (payment in advance is available at the museum Tue-Sat). The cost is $15/student for members, $20/student for non-members. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to the museum and to/from Edson Fichter.

Registration is required.

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Bats are Fantastic

Bat Cartoon

Oct. 8

3 to 5 p.m.

Are your kids driving you batty during this school break? Join us for hands-on activities learning about the importance of bats to Idaho.

Regular Admission Applies


Rockhound Treasures

Bruneau Jasper

Oct. 14

6 p.m.

Registration Required

Idaho is home to the world-famous Bruneau Jasper, which you can see on display in our gallery. Go Behind the Scenes to see the Museum's beautiful polished stone collection. On this tour, director Leif Tapanila takes you on a deep dive of our collections of petrified wood with their swirling colors, and the dazzling pictures, made by nature, in our Agates of the West collection. 

Fall Fossil Fest

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Oct. 16

1 to 4 p.m.

Purchase Tickets
Come join the IMNH for a fun, hands-on day of fossils! Learn how dinosaurs roamed Idaho, see the buzzsaw shark in action, and make your own footprints. Plus, get to see how Idaho State University professors, graduate students, and IMNH staff are on the cutting edge of fossil research and learn about their latest discoveries! All proceeds will benefit IMNH K-12 educational scholarships.
Adult - $15
Child (6-17) - $7.50
Child (0-5) - Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children) - $40 and $5/additional child