Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello

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  • To start off the parking /signs didn’t help much with finding where to park, then the very small sign and arrow on the building showing where to enter. The museum was small and left a lot to be desire...  more »
  • Museum in the University. Very nice outdoor sculptures. Great history for each about the town history, how the museum came to be, etc. Helpful staff. Several great books and toys for children.  more »
  • The museum is small and, when I was there, did not have very much about natural history. There are some fossils and some information about dinosaurs but the main exhibit was about forest fires. The ex...  more »
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  • Very disappointed. After paying $5 per ticket our family expected to see everything about "Idaho" Natural History and Geology but instead a third of the museum was devoted to wild fire safety and the rest was primarily about Dinosaurs (not something Idaho is know for). The dinosaur simulator was very cool but I kept getting a loser Triceratops dinosaur to run through the Cretaceous period with and when I tried to join the other triceratops I kept getting gored . My son got to strut through the Cretaceous with a T-Rex and got to kill, eat and poop out a lot of things. Where are all the Indian artifacts, the archaeological dig exhibits, gemstones, research projects, Oregon trail artifacts etc. etc... When we circled back to the gift shop I was looking for more floors but was told there are none.. I tried to salvage the visit and purchase flint napping video by Crabtree from the gift shop but $50 was way out of my price range. Expect more from a university that is the undisputed leader in "IDAHO" natural history.
  • What they had on display was fun and interesting to learn, however it is very small. 3 rooms of exhibits... dinosaurs, exploration room and fire history. That was it. Not even 1/1000th what their website boasted they had. When I asked, I was informed the website is talking about their private collection, not their public display. Had I know that, I would have saved my time and money.
  • Small display of fossils. Disappointing not to have more displayed. More if a play area for school kids rather than a museum. Expected to see both plant and animal fossils. Models appeared to be 20 to 50 % oversized from real fossils found at John Day Oregon. Would have been nice to have seen local fossils found in southeast idaho.
  • Wow, way over advertised for Dinasour exhibits. Too pricey as you can only spend 20 minutes before begging to get out of the museum. If your coming for the dinosaurs, save your money and go to the zoo or something. If you want to know about Idaho wildfires, this will help ease the pain
  • Great lecture by Dr Mary Thompson on the Pleistocene geology, mammals. Great to see the skeletons of key mammals.

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