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At the Idaho Museum of Natural History, 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. 

Through our statewide initiative, Discovering Idaho, One Story at a Time, we are connecting K through 12 and beyond with extraordinary STEM education. Additionally, we are collaborating with Idaho State University’s Colleges and faculty on groundbreaking research projects, providing interactive, immersive exhibits for the enjoyment of all, and sharing the state’s over 700,000 collections through the Idaho Virtual Museum.

It is through the generous support of individuals, business and corporate partners, and foundations that we are able to meet our mission to “preserve the natural heritage of Idaho through our collections, to create and share knowledge to its people and visitors."

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Legacy Gift

Have you ever considered including the IMNH in your estate plans? For over 85 years and counting, the IMNH has made it our goal to collect and preserve Idaho’s rich natural history, while sharing Idaho's stories with many generations. Financial gifts, large and small, have been essential in shaping our history. Your support will play an exceptional role in our promising future. For more information and a confidential conversation on how you can make a Legacy gift to IMNH, call (208) 282-3168.

Already created a Legacy Gift with the IMNH - Thank You! 

Thank you for your continuous support.

Business and Corporate Partners

Financial contributions from our business and corporate partners is significantly growing Museum attendance at exhibit features like The Incredible Horse, Living with Fire, and Treehouses.  K-12 education is providing a broad range of class tours, after-school, and weekend workshops focusing on sciences and technology.  We’ve added over 5,000 new specimens to our Museum collections and through citizen science programs we’ve added over 19,000 observations of plant distributions involving more than 1,000 contributors.  Our physical collections were visited by 18 researchers.  And, the IMNH continues its leadership in making museums accessible to anyone, anywhere, through digital online collections and our signature Idaho Virtual Museum.


Financial contributions from Foundations to the Idaho Museum of Natural History impact our ongoing mission to preserve the natural heritage of Idaho through our collections, to create and share knowledge to its people and visitors, and support our efforts for program expansion and sustainability.