Explore 500,000 Natural and Cultural Objects at the Idaho Museum of Natural History

Explore 500,000 Natural and Cultural Objects at the Idaho Museum of Natural History

Home to over 500,000 objects across its Anthropology, Earth Sciences and Life Sciences collections, the Idaho Museum of Natural History has studied and displayed natural and cultural artifacts since its founding in 1934. These objects include Pleistocene mammals, dinosaurs, plant fossils, fish fossils, stone tools, prehistoric organic material and ethnographic material from around the world. The museum also houses the largest public collection of Helicoprion shark fossils and one of the most powerful 3D imaging labs in the country.

Consider staying nearby at Red Lion Hotel Pocatello, only an 11 minute drive, while exploring the museum’s many educational exhibits:


The museum’s anthropological collection includes objects that provide insight into traditional life on the Snake River Plain, including children’s dolls and games, sagebrush bark clothing, corn husk bags, bows and arrows, basketry, cradleboards and beaded attire. Other materials include pottery, ground stone, projectile points and various other tools including an extensive Paleoindian crescent collection. Don’t miss the Wasden exhibit, displaying excavations from Owl Cave, including mammoth bones and associated Folsom points, bison bone, and more.

Earth Sciences

Geological findings in this collection include fossils, minerals, and gems. Participate and learn with hands-on activities like the giant plate tectonics jigsaw puzzle. Follow footprints of ancient animals preserved on sandstone from southern Idaho, including tracks from spiders, dinosaurs and early mammals, all from animals that roamed the territory now known as Idaho nearly 200 million years ago. Are you an ice age enthusiast? Discover the rich fossil history of the region with the Pleistocene Megafauna exhibit, free to touch. Gaze in awe at the large skeletons of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed Idaho, including saber tooth cats, giant bison and the state fossil – the Hagerman horse.

Life Sciences

Investigate the diverse flora and fauna of the Snake River Plain, or its rodents, which include flying squirrels, kangaroo rats, beaver and marmot. Owls and sage grouse are also on view. Learn about native reptiles, amphibians, and fish of Southern Idaho and see unique creatures like the desert horned lizard and the northern leopard frog. Botanical specimens include the yellow glacier lily, camas, the state flower – syringa – and many more.

Idaho Museum of Natural History Hours:

Tuesday-Friday: Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed


Adults (18+): $5

Seniors (60+): $4

Youth (4-17): $1

Children under 3: Free

Idaho Museum of Natural History Contact:

698 East Dillon Street
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 282-3168