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Astronomical Idaho Featuring Be The Astronaut

May 25, 2018 - September 3, 2018

Astronomical Idaho showcases Idaho’s deep connection with NASA research, space exploration, and the search for life beyond our planet. It includes an immersive digital experience that lets you be the astronaut, travel to distant planets, plan rover missions, and ward off space dangers.

Did you know the Craters of the Moon National Monument has served as a training center for space exploration for decades? Did you know Idaho State University faculty are helping to find life outside our planet? Visitors will see a real piece of Mars and learn how to identify meteorites. In addition, Roger Boe, Pocatello artist, captures Craters of the Moons’ unique landscape through the lens of photography and poetry by Will Peterson.

The show includes Be the Astronaut from Eureka Exhibits, an engaging interactive exhibit that focuses on space flight. In the exhibit, visitors learn about the challenges and excitement of spaceflight – then apply that knowledge as they fly spaceships, pilot the landers, and drive the rovers, in a thrilling adventure to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and beyond!


I Love ISU: The Exhibit

September 16, 2017 - May 19, 2018

I Love ISU: The Exhibit explores the history of Idaho State University through historic photographs, artifacts, and stories. ISU opened in 1901 on 10 acres of land donated by the residents of Pocatello east of the Oregon Short Line Railroad tracks. From its humble beginnings as a school for vocational training with four faculty and fewer than 100 students, ISU has grown into a research institution serving over 12,000 students in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. The university has witnessed four name changes and weathered the adversity of two world wars and the ebb and flow of the economic fortunes of the Intermountain West. 


Living with Fire

November 12, 2016 – January 14, 2018

Our newest exhibit explores fires in Idaho. Wildfires are a natural part of Idaho’s arid landscape. For as long as forests and grasslands have covered the earth’s surface, seasonal fires have consumed, renewed and shaped them. Plants and animals of our region have adopted ways to live with fire, but changes to fire frequency and the ever-expanding human population into wild spaces brings new challenges. Living With Fire is a new exhibit that looks at how Idahoans have dealt with this force of nature, from the Great Idaho Fire of 1910 to the Charlotte Fire in Pocatello a century later.



October 14, 2017 - January 14, 2018

BISON creates an interactive environment that combines history, artifacts, and hands-on activities to bring to life the story of this great North American mammal.


Be the Dinosaur

May 13, 2017 – September 6, 2016

Be the Dinosaur” is a groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits, featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and more. Visitors of all ages can enter into the largest and most complex restoration of an extinct ecosystem ever created. A traveling exhibit from Eureka Exhibits.


Tree Houses

Get out of your house and into the trees at the Idaho Museum of Natural History's newest exhibit, opening January 28th

This spring, families can spend some quality time hanging out in the trees with a visit to the Idaho Museum of Natural History's newest exhibit, Tree Houses. This new hands-on exhibit is the second created by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative, the same group of museums that created the museum’s popular 2005 exhibit, Turtle Travels.

This time, the focus moves up, in, around and even underneath trees. Tree Houses includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things (including people)! Incorporating all of the senses, this popular exhibit engages forest explorers of all ages in indoor nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource.

Tree Houses will open to the public on January 28th. The exhibit was produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont; and the Children’s Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine) with major support from Jane’s Trust. Additional support was provided by Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It will be at the Idaho Museum of Natural History through May 6th.


Exposed: Never Before Seen Wonders!

June 2016 – January 2017

The Idaho Museum of Natural History Is Exposing Its Collections

Did you know the IMNH at Idaho State University has over 700,000 objects in its collection?

Since its inception in 1934, the museum has collected, preserved, and saved objects for future generations. Opening June 18th, the IMNH’s newest exhibit, Exposed: Never Before Seen Wonders, celebrates 82 years of existence and the amazing, the weird, and the extra-large objects in our collections. In addition, the exhibit highlights some of the people that have made the museum what it is today.

The exhibit includes objects collected by United States presidents; shrunken heads from South America; the first writing system; a moon rock; Rufus, the mammoth excavated near American Falls, Idaho; and much, much more. 


Idaho Power Centennial Exhibit

September 13, 2016 – November 3, 2016

In 2016, Idaho Power is commemorating a century of service in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. To celebrate, Idaho Power invites the communities we serve to view a historical traveling exhibit, opening at the Nampa Public Library on Tuesday, May 24, with an opening event on Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. An Idaho Power representative will make a brief presentation at 6 p.m.

Through stories, photographs, artifacts, and interactive displays, the exhibit showcases by decade the challenges our company faced and the work our employees did to ensure reliable, fair-priced energy for our first 100 years and for years to come.

Idaho Power President and CEO Darrel Anderson is excited about our centennial year and what it represents for Idaho Power communities and past and present employees.

“Those who came before us created a strong foundation on which we continue to build,” Anderson said. “To celebrate this legacy, the company is proudly recognizing employees and retirees, and sharing our rich history with our communities through traveling and online exhibits.”

This is the fourth stop on the exhibit’s 2016 tour throughout our service area. For more information on the exhibit’s next stop, or to view the online exhibit, visit



September 3, 2016 – October 16, 2016

Water/Ways is a traveling exhibit from Museum on Main Street, a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide that serves the small-town museums and citizens of rural America.

Water is a critical resource. An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment’s engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape.

Water’s impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation. We cherish our connections to nature, particularly the sights, the sounds, and the sense of place we feel at the water’s edge.


Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

May 28, 2016 – August 28, 2016

How much food do you eat in a day? In a week? If you had to put all your food together on a table for a week, how much space would that take up?

A new photo exhibition opening May 28th at the IMNH at Idaho State University, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, depicts families from around the world and explores human kind’s oldest social activity: eating.

Photographer Peter Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio spent time with the families as they farmed, shopped, cooked, and ate. At the end of each visit, they created a portrait of the family surrounded by a week’s worth of their groceries. The goal of the project and books is to help people see the world in a broader context and provide the means for comparing oneself to others.


Titanoboa: Monster Snake

March 19, 2016 – June 12, 2016

The scientifically accurate, full-scale replica of the massive reptile is on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Slithering in at 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half ton, a realistic replica of the world’s largest snake is on exhibit at the IMNH between March 19 and June 12, 2016. Sixty million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, scientists believe that a colossal snake related to modern boa constrictors thrived in a hot tropical climate.

“Titanoboa: Monster Snake” includes the snake replica and two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils: a 17-foot-long modern green anaconda and the vertebra from Titanoboa, as the giant snake is called. Videos produced by the Smithsonian Channel tell the story of this amazing scientific discovery. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. “Titanoboa” will travel to 15-cities on a national tour organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service


Fish in the Museum

Feb. 2016 – May 2016

The Fish in the Museum exhibit is open for students to celebrate the creativity of Idaho students and will teach students about Idaho’s native fish.

Each artist produced a representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet long or as small as 6-inches. The fish art includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and drawings. The art is as diverse as the fish species of Idaho!


The world of horses comes alive in this interactive exhibit. Visitors will interact with prehistoric horses, travel in the footsteps of early man, and try their hand at saddling a horse. The Incredible Horse exhibit follows the horse from its earliest fossil beginnings in North America to its expansion to Asia and Europe through its extinction in North America 10,000 years ago. Re-introduced to North America by the Spanish in the 16th Century, horses had profoundly shaped Native American ways of life. Today, horses are a major part of Idaho’s identity and are helping people in new ways.

The Incredible Horse exhibit is sponsored by KIDK Eyewitness News 3, KXPI Fox 5 East Idaho, and the Pine Ridge Mall.

Discover Exoplanets

The Search for Alien Worlds

April 30 - July 25, 2019

Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds is a national traveling exhibition exploring the fascinating world of space and astronomy. Discover Exoplanets covers topics such as the search for habitable worlds beyond our Solar System, how NASA scientists are searching for these worlds, and how they may be like our own.

Getting people interested in science can be challenging, but Discover Exoplanets strives to make it fun with hands-on, multimedia activities where visitors can build their own solar systems, see the most recent NASA discoveries, and learn about whether popular TV and movies feature "Science Fact or Science Fiction." A more unique aspect of this program is that Portneuf District Library is hosting an exhibit with similar content, and the two venues will be working together on programming. The Idaho Museum of Natural History will also offer a related series of public events to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming to children, teens and adults.

"We are proud that the IMNH was selected to be one of seven sites nationwide to host the Discover Exoplanet exhibit," said Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director. "We have partnered with Portneuf District Library to bring this important exhibition to our community. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find that the exhibition explores the universe, and our place in it, in a way that is understandable, inspirational, and relevant."

The IMNH is located on the Idaho State University Pocatello campus. 

Discover Exoplanets was developed by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in partnership with NASA's Universe of Learning. This project was made possible through support from NASA, under cooperative agreement number NNX16AC65A.


Our Buzzsaw Shark exhibit has traveled the country, delighting audiences exceeding over 500,000 people. We're excited to bring this one-of-a-kind attraction back to Pocatello, literally where it all began. The Buzzsaw shark--Idaho's weirdest fossil--swam the ancient ocean that once covered our state eons ago. 

This whorl-toothed shark occupied the seas 270 million years ago. Now, Idaho's Buzzsaw Shark is coming home to Pocatello and will be the featured exhibit at the IMNH. The exhibit artfully puts the Helicoprion shark on display.  Its fossils fascinate both paleontologists and exhibit visitors alike. This exhibit will run through January 2020.

This exhibit is proudly sponsored by J.R. Simplot.

Discover the Naturalist Within

Journey with Edson Fichter

May 2019 - January 2020

Discover the Naturalist Within, Journey with Edson Fichter is a new collaborative public exhibition by the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH). The exhibit's narrative framework focuses on creating a new generation of nature enthusiasts from Dr. Edson Fichter's past work as an Idaho naturalist. Fichter was a well-known Pocatello artist and biologist and an extremely talented wildlife illustrator, photographer, and writer. He still lives in the hearts of many as admirers of his art and for his numerous contributions to science. The IMNH has over 40 pieces in a collection of Fichter’s drawings, pictures, poetry, and research documents generated from his studies in the Pahsimoroi Valley, Idaho.

Like Fichter’s work from the past, today, anyone interested can become a citizen scientist naturalist and contribute to the base of current knowledge in biology, zoology, ornithology, etc. Naturalists today, also referred to as citizen scientists, contribute to science through the mobile application iNaturalist. Visitors to the IMNH will learn how they too can be on a bike ride in the foothills, see a flower, take a picture, and learn what the plant is. The data collected is placed into a global database, identified by experts, and the location is GPS’d for future use in conservation and species research.

Dr. Chuck Peterson’s recent article on iNaturalist and how the science community is using findings. A local Pocatello iNaturalist project has been established at Idaho Fish and Game's Edson Fichter Nature Area, with observations being contributed at this time.

Exhibit collaborators include Ryan Babcock; ISU Arts Dept., Stan Gates; Gate City Fine Arts, Dr. Peterson, ISU Biology Dept., Dr. Rick Williams, ISU Affiliate Faculty, Jennifer Jackson; Idaho Fish and Game, and others that knew Edson personally.

Education is fundamental at the IMNH. Two ISU graduate students are working to develop this exhibit in preparation for their chosen fields of Art and Museum studies. Additionally, the IMNH is preparing Discover the Naturalist Within: Journey with Edson Fichter as one of our future traveling exhibit in conjunction with the Idaho Library Association to be shared across the State to currently geographically underserved populations.


Edson Biography Fichter's Biography 



Discover Your Story!

May 2020 - September 2020

Join Tracey the pencil dog and her crew on a fantastically immersive journey to create stories using art and science. Channel your creativity using animation basics such as storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making, and more! Animationland transports visitors of all ages to a fantastical land with a quirky cast of characters where inspiration is everywhere! The exhibit focuses on the basics of the animation process using interactive features including a sketching studio, a sound effects booth and the opportunity to plan and star in a stop-motion production. Developed and produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Animationland offers a fully immersive, interactive exhibit where guests learn to incorporate animation skills into the creation process. This enables guests to understand the interplay that occurs between art and science and how they can apply those skills to tell their own stories in unique and dynamic ways.

In collaboration with OMSI