• Kids Love the Museum and its Collections!

    Students with Grizzly Bear

  • Fossils, talk to a Peleontologist.

    Part of the Museum's large collection of Succor Creek Fossils and plant fossils from related sites.

  • Hopi Basket

    Our collections contain Native American baskets, pottery, lithics & many items. Come talk to the Archaeologist about your interests.  The Museum now also has an exhibit on Ancient Egypt and cultures. Visit the falcon mummy and other interesting itiems and talk to an Egyptologist!

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

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 on Fridays 1:00-5:00 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month for Museum workday.

Holdings of the museum include:

  • Fossil fish
  • Native American artifacts
  • Invertebrate collections (especially insect and aquatic)
  • Vertebrate collections (fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds)
  • Fossil leaves
  • Snake River mollusks
  • Artifacts from ancient Egypt & Rome including a falcon mummy
  • Herpetology

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is open to the public when The College of Idaho classes are in session and every Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Open workdays are the first Saturday of each month in the year.  Entry is through the main entrance to Boone Science Hall at the first level.  The Museum is located downstairs in the basement. To arrange for group tours contact Kinga Britschgi at 208.459.5211 or kbritscgi@collegeofidaho.edu.

Note: due to renovations in Boone Hall this Summer, hours may vary, please call beforehand.