Previous Exhibits

Exposed: Never Before Seen Wonders!

ExposedRoyalSlider2-01June 2016 – January 2017

The Idaho Museum of Natural History Is Exposing Its Collections

Did you know the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) has over 700,000 objects in its collection?

Since its inception in 1934 the museum has collected, preserved, and saved objects for future generations. Opening June 18th, IMNH’s newest exhibit Exposed: Never Before Seen Wonders celebrates 82 years of existence and the amazing, the weird, and the extra-large objects in our collections. In addition, the exhibit highlights some of the people that have made the museum what it is today.

The exhibit includes objects collected by United States presidents; shrunken heads from South America; the first writing system; a moon rock; Rufus, the mammoth excavated near American Falls, Idaho; and much, much more.

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Idaho Power Centennial Exhibit

September 13, 2016 – November 3, 2016

In 2016, Idaho Power is commemorating a century of service in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. To celebrate, Idaho Power invites the communities we serve to view a historical traveling exhibit, opening at the Nampa Public Library on Tuesday, May 24, with an opening event on Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. An Idaho Power representative will make a brief presentation at 6 p.m.

Through stories, photographs, artifacts and interactive displays, the exhibit showcases by decade the challenges our company faced and the work our employees did to ensure reliable, fair-priced energy for our first 100 years and for years to come.

Idaho Power President and CEO Darrel Anderson is excited about our centennial year and what it represents for Idaho Power communities and past and present employees.

“Those who came before us created a strong foundation on which we continue to build,” Anderson said. “To celebrate this legacy, the company is proudly recognizing employees and retirees, and sharing our rich history with our communities through traveling and online exhibits.”

This is the fourth stop on the exhibit’s 2016 tour throughout our service area. For more information on the exhibit’s next stop, or to view the online exhibit, visit




September 3, 2016 – October 16, 2016

Water/Ways is a traveling exhibit from Museum on Main Street, a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide that serves the small-town museums and citizens of rural America.

Water is a critical resource. An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment’s engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape.

Water’s impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation. We cherish our connections to nature, particularly the sights, the sounds, and the sense of place we feel at the water’s edge.

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Hungry Planet: What the World EatsHungryplanet-01May 28, 2016 thru August 28, 2016

How much food do you eat in a day? In a week? If you had to put all your food together on a table for a week, how much space would that take up?

A new photo exhibition opening May 28th at Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU), Hungry Planet: What the World Eats,depicts families from around the world and explores human kind’s oldest social activity: eating.

Photographer Peter Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio spent time with the families as they farmed, shopped, cooked and ate.  At the end of each visit, they created a portrait of the family surrounded by a week’s worth of their groceries.  The goal of the project and books is to help people see the world in a broader context and provide the means for comparing oneself to others.  Read More…

Titanoboa: Monster Snake.  The scientifically accurate full-scale replica of the massive reptile on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Titanoboa: Monster Snake (March 19, 2016-June 12, 2016)

Titanoboa: Monster Snake. The scientifically accurate full-scale replica of the massive reptile on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Slithering in at 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half tons, a realistic replica of the world’s largest snake is on exhibit at Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) between March 19 and June 12, 2016. Sixty million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, scientists believe that a colossal snake related to modern boa constrictors thrived in a hot tropical climate.

“Titanoboa: Monster Snake” includes the snake replica and two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils: a 17-foot-long modern green anaconda and the vertebra from Titanoboa, as the giant snake is called. Videos produced by the Smithsonian Channel tell the story of this amazing scientific discovery. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. “Titanoboa” will travel to 15-cities on a national tour organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition ServiceRead More…

Art by Lonnie Hutson.

Art by Lonnie Hutson.

Fish in the Museum (Feb. 2016-May 2016)

The Fish in the Museum exhibit is open for students to celebrate the creativity of Idaho students and will teach students about Idaho’s native fish.

Each artist produced a representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet long or as small as 6-inches. The fish art includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and drawings. The art is as diverse as the fish species of Idaho! Read More…

Gone Fishin’ (August 2015-February 2016)

Come to the IMNH and have a great fishing trip with your family. Our staff designed this exhibit with the goal to submerge you into the habitat of both fish and fisherman. So, while you won’t catch any fish, you will get hooked on learning. So, grab your fishing buddy before it’s too late, the museum’s Gone Fishin’! Read More…


Enjoying the hands-on activities in the gallery.

Enjoying the hands-on activities in the gallery.

Evolving Idaho (June 2015-March 2016)

Idaho’s natural history tells the story of evolution. The plants and animals around us arethe products of over 3.5 billion years of evolution. Evolving Idaho explores the process of evolution through the eyes of Idaho State University scientists and their research on our local flora and fauna. The exhibit spans the length of evolutionary time and the breadth of evolutionary research divided into 4 main themes: natural selection, adaptation, speciation, and the tree of life. Read More…


BisonlatifronsWhen Giants Roamed (June 2014-August 2015)

Idaho during the prehistoric period (up until around 10,000 years ago) was a vastly different environment than today. These lands were home to a wide variety of life forms. Animals of all shapes and sizes roamed the natural landscape with a diverse array of plant life. We have specimens on display from  the Giant Sloth (on loan from the Museum of Idaho) and the largest bison that ever lived, the Bison latifrons. With these large animals came the predators that hunted them: the Dire Wolves, Short-faced Bears, and Sabre-toothed Cats.  Visit the Idaho Museum of Natural History and learn about these giants, the environment they lived in, what they ate, and how humans interacted with them. Read More