As the only natural history museum in the region encompassing southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada, The College of Idaho's Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is the premier resource for environmental and natural history education in the region. The Museum is listed in the "30 Most Amazing Higher Education Natural History Museums," compiled by Best College Reviews.
The Museum is located in the basement of Boone Hall on the College's campus in Caldwell. Don't forget to visit the museum store!
Our students explore the meaning of the liberal arts through in-depth research on museum specimens. Learn more by clicking here.
Students can apply for grants to help pursue student research projects. Click here to find the application.
In the interest of community health and welfare in light of the spread of COVID-19, the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is closed to all visitors and volunteers until further notice.