Current Exhibits

Living with Fire

November 12, 2016 – December 30, 2017

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.

Be the Dinosaur

May 13, 2017 – September 6, 2017

On May 13th the IMNH will open its newest exhibit Be the Dinosaur. Travel back in time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and see the world they knew and Be the Dinosaur! Discover the science of dinosaurs and their ecosystems as you walk in their footsteps, hunt, eat, hide and survive and Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous by using computer simulation, interactive and traditional exhibits.

Be the Dinosaur uses state-of-the-art video game technology to allow visitors to BE a dinosaur.  Applying lessons learned about different dinosaur species, their habitats, predators, and in some cases prey, visitors will embark on a quest for survival, seeking food, water, shelter and safety. Other activities include examining real fossils in the Field Station, climbing aboard the Dinosaur Safari Jeep, and using dinosaur models to role play on a 3-D Cretaceous landscape.