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NASA funds science based internships for young women at Idaho Museum of Natural History

The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (NASA ISGC) has generously funded a pilot intern program for young women in the Idaho Virtualization Lab (IVL), a research group within the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University. The IVL uses 3D scanning and modeling technology to create digital copies of museum specimens.  NASA actively […]Read More »

Exposed!

ExposedRoyalSlider2-01Never Before Seen Wonders! Opens June 18, 2016 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 […]Read More »

Fish in the Museum Exhibit Grand Opening

Opens February 26th The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) will open Fish in the Museum with fish art created by artists from Idaho K-12 and local Idaho artists on February 26th. Each artist produced a representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet […]Read More »

Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For (2016 Edition!)

50 States Series: IMNH is Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For (2016 Edition!) FlipKey, a TripAdvisor company, and we are thrilled to announce that, based on industry research and traveler feedback, we found the 50 most loved and most talked about family attractions for each state across the country and Idaho Museum of Natural History […]Read More »

Portneuf River Visioning Presentation

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) will host two Portneuf River Visioning Working Group presentations. The presentations will be January 27 at 12:15pm and January 28 at 5:30pm. Hannah Sanger, City of Pocatello, will give a 20 minute presentation and will take comments and questions. The presentation will focus […]Read More »

2015 Holiday Schedule

Looking for a family-friendly, educational activity during the holidays? The Idaho Museum of Natural History will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, but otherwise will have its regular hours during the holiday season. The museum’s regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 […]Read More »

Idaho Virtulization Lab Offers Prehistoric Holiday Decorations

Posted Original on ISU Voice POCATELLO — If you’re looking for a dire wolf skull or the cranium from a Hagerman horse to decorate your Christmas tree, Idaho State University can provide them. At least they can provide a 3D replica printed on campus. The Idaho Virtualization Lab located on the campus of Idaho State […]Read More »

Five things you didn’t know about IMNH

Herpetology collectionThe Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) was founded in 1934 as the Historical Museum of the Southern Branch of the University of Idaho, as Idaho State University (ISU) was then called. The museum was established by a group of professors in an effort to collect, preserve, and displays the region’s natural and cultural heritage. […]Read More »

Museum’s Life Science Curator Digs Bio!

Rick Williams, Ph.D., Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) Life Science Curator and Idaho State University (ISU) biology professor, travels to Colorado to highlight the usefulness of digital natural history collections at the National Science Foundation sponsored Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) and Organization for Biological Field Stations (OBFS) field station collection digitization workshop. The workshop […]Read More »

IMNH Joins Smithsonian magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live!

Free Admission on September 26, 2015, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket  Pocatello, Idaho September 8, 2015— Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United […]Read More »

A Tale of Textiles: Exploring the Museum's Archives

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) to host free lecture by Dr. Paul Sivitz’s, of the Idaho State University’s (ISU) History Department, “A Tale of Textiles: Exploring the Museum’s Archives.” Join the IMNH and Dr. Sivitz on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:30pm in the museum’s Discovery Room at 698 E. Dillon St, Pocatello, […]Read More »

Gone Fishin' Exhibit Set to Open Next Friday in Pocatello

Pocatello, ID–August 21st, 2015 The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) to open newest exhibit Gone Fishin’ in its gallery, located on the campus of Idaho State University. Did you know that Idahoans spend over 2 million days fishing every year? Or that the Salmon River is one of the longest undammed rivers in the […]Read More »

IMNH creates digital reconstruction for Museum of the North

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Summer Programs

  Here at the IMNH we strive to help families and children connect with Idaho’s natural environment and rich history.  Here you will find weekend and weekday programming for families and children hosted at the museum.  For questions please contact the education office directly at 208-282-2195.    The Director’s Challenge The director of the Idaho […]Read More »

Idaho Museum of Natural History Featured in Idaho Magazine

In the March 2015 issue of Idaho Magazine the Idaho Museum of Natural History’s work is featured on the cover and in the article, “Elephant in the Reservoir: At Low Water Levels, a Stunning Find” written by Jennifer Huang from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).    Learn more about the IMNH’s involvement with this discovery in […]Read More »

Stories of American Indian Code Talkers Revealed in Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

“My language was my weapon.” —David Patterson (Navajo), 4th Div., U.S. Marine Corps. When the United States issued the call to arms in World Wars I and II, American Indians answered as warriors. Some men discovered that words—in their Native languages—would be their most valued weapons. These unsung American heroes share their stories of strength […]Read More »

In the Press

Idaho Museum of Natural History displays some of its rarely seen objects Video Courtesy of Local News 8 Posted July 17, 2016 “Exposed: Never Before Seen Wonders” is the newest exhibit on display at Idaho’s Museum of Natural History Pocatello. Watch Video… Q. Discovery among the fossils Article Courtesy of Times-News Posted July 17, 2016 More […]Read More »

Idaho State University Researchers Solve Mysteries of Ancient “Shark” w/ Spiral-Toothed Jaw; Results Published in Royal Society’s Journal Biology Letters

Helicoprion Tooth Whorl Render.Using CAT scans and making 3-D virtual reconstructions of the jaws of the ancient fish Helicoprion, Idaho State University researchers have solved some of the mysteries surrounding large spiral fossils of this fish’s teeth. The ISU Museum of Natural History has one of the largest public collections of Helicoprion spiral-teeth fossils in the world. The fossils of this 270-million-year-old or older fish have long mystified scientists ...Read More »

In Honor of Darwin Day The Idaho Museum of Natural History and the ISU Chapter of Sigma Xi present

ISU Headlines January 30, 201 “Recent Rapid Human Evolution: Some Implications for the Humanities and the Sciences” by Dr. Henry Harpendig Member of the National Academy of Sciences Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. On Thursday February 7th at 7:00 pm, in the College of Education Auditorium, […]Read More »

Idaho State University’s Herbert Maschner elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Herb Maschner, Director of the IMNH.ISU Headlines November 29, 2012 Herbert Maschner, director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History and Idaho State University professor of anthropology, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The American Association […]Read More »

ISU Idaho Museum of Natural History Receives $600,000 Hitz Foundation Grant for Virtual Museum of Idaho

From left, Ken Hitz and Dave Hitz of the Hitz Foundation, and Herb Maschner, Director of the IMNH.ISU Headlines October 4, 2012 The Virtual Museum of Idaho – that eventually will allow anyone with online access to examine 2-D and 3-D displays of Idaho State University Idaho Museum of Natural History collections – has received a big boost from a $600,000 grant from the Hitz Foundation. “We are ecstatic,” said Herbert Maschner, […]Read More »

Anthropologist Puts an Idaho Museum's Many Bones Within Virtual Reach

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2011 By Peter Monaghan Animal-bone specimens are in high demand. But researchers eager for access to them far outnumber the supply of such repositories. One anthropologists's solution: Share his animal bones. Herbert D.G. Maschner, a research professor of anthropology at Idaho State University, set about providing access to his, online.Read More »

Idaho State University appoints Herbert Maschner director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History

Herbert MaschnerArticle courtesy of ISU Headlines Posted March 31, 2011 Idaho State University has announced that anthropology research Professor Herbert Maschner will serve as the permanent director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Maschner, who this spring received the 2011 Idaho Academy of Science Distinguished Scientist Award, has served as interim director since June 2010. […]Read More »

Idaho State University Professor, Director Herbert Maschner receives Idaho Academy of Science Distinguished Scientist Award

Herbert MaschnerArticle courtesy of ISU Headlines Posted March 23, 2011 Idaho State University’s Herbert Maschner, research anthropology professor and interim director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History, has been awarded the 2011 Idaho Academy of Science Distinguished Scientist Award and will be honored April 1. Maschner was selected because of his “very impressive and lengthy […]Read More »

Idaho Museum of Natural History features new exhibits

Article courtesy of ISU Headlines Posted November 29, 2010 The Idaho Museum of Natural History on the Idaho State University campus reopened it’s exhibit area – with a variety of new and familiar displays – on Saturday, Dec. 4. “We will have whole exhibits of collections we’ve never had on display before but we’ve kept […]Read More »

Idaho Museum of Natural History earns accreditation from American Association of Museums

Article courtesy of ISU Headlines Posted August 18, 2010 The accreditation lasts through 2023. The Idaho Museum of Natural History meets American Association of Museums standards in all areas. “Impressive changes were made in the past year, especially in terms of university support,” said Bonnie W. Styles, chair of the AAM Accreditation Commission, in a […]Read More »

The Department of Dental Hygiene and the Idaho Museum of Natural History have each received one of 33 Powering Lives Grants Idaho Power has awarded this year to schools and nonprofits.

Museum of Natural History have each received one of 33 Powering Lives Grants Idaho Power has awarded this year to schools and nonprofits. The IMNH will also be featured on the cover of Idaho Power’s 400,000-plus circulation customer newsletter for a story in April about the Powering Lives grants, said Anne Alenskis, corporate communications specialist […]Read More »

Idaho Museum of Natural History receives $144,000 grant to teach geology to rural east Idaho students

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