Step into The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, and you’ll be met by specimens and artifacts as far as they eye can see. The museum’s extensive collections and educational programs both for the C of I campus and the public are big reasons why the museum is being recognized as one of the best college museums in America.
The college rankings website “Best College Reviews” recently named the Orma J. Smith Museum to its list of “The 30 Most Amazing Higher Ed Natural History Museums.” Coming in at No. 29, the museum was noted for being the only natural history museum in the region encompassing southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada.
“This is truly an honor to be cited in the same ranking as these other great university-based natural history museums," said Orma J. Smith Musuem director Bill Clark. "This is a great credit to The College of Idaho, the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and all of our museum volunteers and staff."
Best College Reviews ranked the museums based on a variety of factors, including the number of artifacts/ specimens in their collection, opportunities at the museum for college students, community involvement and whether the museum is open to the public. Click here to check out the entire list.
The Orma J. Smith museum boasts one of the world’s largest collections of insects from Baja California, the largest collection of modern fishes in Idaho, Native American and Egyptian artifacts, and much more! Guests can visit the museum during public hours from 1-5 p.m. every Friday and one Saturday per month for workdays and public research seminars. The museum is located in the basement of Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Click here for a calendar of museum events.
To arrange a museum tour, contact Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211 or [email protected].
The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.