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Idaho Museum of Natural History joins Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day

September 16, 2019

Free Admission on Sept. 21 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

POCATELL0 –  The Idaho Museum of Natural History will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday Sept. 21, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 450,000 tickets were downloaded for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

Visitors to the IMNH will enjoy  the “Buzzsaw Sharks of Idaho” and “Discover the Naturalist Within” exhibits. The “Buzzsaw Sharks of Idaho” exhibit explores the whorl-toothed sharks that occupied the seas 270 million years ago. The exhibit artfully puts the Buzzsaw shark on display. Its fossils fascinate both paleontologists and exhibit visitors alike.

“Discover the Naturalist Within, Journey with Edson Fichter” exhibit focuses on creating a new generation of nature enthusiasts from 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.

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept. 21. One ticket is permitted per email address.

For more information, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday. The IMNH has been serving Idaho since 1934. To learn more about the IMNH please visit imnh.isu.edu. For more information, call 208-282-3168.

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About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between  the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonian.com  / si.edu)


Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral high research activity university and teaching institution founded in 1901, attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU has nine Colleges, a Graduate School and a Division of Health Sciences that together offer more than 250 certificate and degree programs. More than 12,000 students attend ISU. Idaho State University is the state's designated lead institution in health professions.


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