Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Caldwell

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The only natural history museum in the region encompassing southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada, the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is the premier resource for environmental and natural history education in the region. The museum’s extensive collections and programs support the education of The College of Idaho students and the general public.

The Museum is open to the public Fridays 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and for workdays (normally the first Saturday of each month, moved to the second Saturday to accommodate holidays). Entry is through the main entrance to Boone Science Hall at the first level. The Museum is located downstairs in the basement and has a small giftshop. To arrange for group tours contact Kinga Britschgi at 208.459.5211 or KBritschgi@collegeofidaho.edu.
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  • I took a group of 8th grade girls here while we were waiting on our bus. They were so impressed with both the animal specimens and the rock collection. My girls excitedly wandered through the... 
    I took a group of 8th grade girls here while we were waiting on our bus. They were so impressed with both the animal specimens and the rock collection. My girls excitedly wandered through the...  more »
  • With convenient hours and friendly staff, this museum makes it the best museum in the city. And one of the best parts - it's free! 
    With convenient hours and friendly staff, this museum makes it the best museum in the city. And one of the best parts - it's free!  more »
  • I visited here many years ago and had always meant to return. I finally made it and it was great! The whole museum has been upgraded since the early '90s. Very interesting local tidbits and one of... 
    I visited here many years ago and had always meant to return. I finally made it and it was great! The whole museum has been upgraded since the early '90s. Very interesting local tidbits and one of...  more »
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  • This museum on the College of Idaho campus is a crucial educational resource for a region that extends beyond southwestern Oregon, into Oregon and Nevada. You’ll find it in the basement of Boone Hall, entering a repository of specimens for archaeology, entomology, ornithology, invertebrates, molluscs, gems & minerals, Egyptology and fossils, all labelled and accompanied by interpretive info. The College of Idaho has conducted extensive research in the Mexican state of Baja California, so there’s an impressive array of insect specimens from this part of the world. Other standout collections cover Native American ethnography, modern Idaho fish, artifacts from Ancient Egypt and Rome and paleontology.
  • Interesting if your lucky enough that it's open even during posted hours.
  • There's a surprising number of interesting items. It's in the basement of the Boone building
  • Amazing collection of cabochons in the room with beautiful display of petrified wood bookends.
  • A hidden gem! Great collections and interesting information about local natural history.

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