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Summer Hours to Begin at the Idaho Museum of Natural History

May 22, 2023

The Idaho Museum of Natural History on Idaho State University’s Pocatello campus will be open seven days a week beginning May 30

Starting May 30, the IMNH will be open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. to better serve both the local community and summer travel patrons. 

Visitors will enjoy This is Idaho, True Colors: The Fujii Rock Collection, Seasons in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and The Ice Age. In Seasons in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem photographer Summer Jackman explores the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through the miracle of spring, the abundance of summer, the nostalgia of autumn, or the stark beauty of winter.

This is Idaho explores the wild mosaic of mountains, rivers, and plains offering majestic beauty and scattered resources that shape all who live here. We will be exploring what makes Idaho's land unique and how our State symbols tell our story. Our Museum's experts and collections will reveal how the Gem State is a special place in America.

True Colors: The Fujii Rock Collection showcases how nature makes the best art. This exhibition is one of the best collections of agates and fossil wood from the West. The Fujii collection was created by a first-generation Japanese-American family with a passion for showcasing the colorful beauty of nature. You'll see the true colors of Bruneau Jasper, a wide range of petrified wood, giant geodes, and rainbow obsidian.


Summer events include: 

  • Butterfly Education and Awareness Day activities on June 3rd
  • Idaho Fused Glass Art June 13, 14, or 20th
  • Shark Days of Summer with Dr. Leif Tapanila on August 19th
  • Roar And Explore Exhibit Camp August 17-19.


Additionally, the IMNH is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Launching on Saturday, May 20, 2023, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 5, 2023, Labor Day. The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members. Additionally, the IMNH will offer free admission to our Military Veterans and their families during the Blue Star Program.


The IMNH has served Idaho since 1934, to learn more or to sign up for classes please visit isu.edu/imnh or call (208) 282-3168.


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