Short Business Description
The Idaho Museum of Natural History was established in 1934 and became the official natural history museum in 1977 with a Governor's proclamation. We actively nurture an understanding of and delight in Idaho's natural and cultural heritage.
Long Business Description
Our Mission: Inspire an appreciation and curiosity for Idaho's natural history and its exploration and preservation.
Our Vision: To shape the future by understanding Idaho's natural history and creating unforgettable educational experiences.
Land Acknowledgement: The Idaho Museum of Natural History is located on the traditional territory of the Shoshone and Bannock Peoples. It is important to recognize that most of us are guests in this territory and to counter the narrative that the land was uninhabited at the time of settler-colonization. The Shoshone and Bannock Peoples originally inhabited the lands in areas now known as California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Through U.S. policies of forced relocation and assimilation, the Shoshone and Bannock peoples' lands were reduced to small, geographically distant reservations in Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Utah. The reservation along the Snake River in Idaho, established under the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 originally contained 1.8 million acres but was later reduced through allotment and legislation. Today, this region is still home to many Shoshone and Bannock Peoples who contribute to the local economy and culture. To learn more about the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, please visit http://www2.sbtribes.com/about/.