Archimedes: Science and Innovations

now through September 26

Solve puzzles, view lost technology, and interact with machines designed in the 3rd century BC by Archimedes, a Greek mathematician whose inventions revolutionized the ancient world.

Law of the Land

now through September 26

The term “law of the land” usually refers to all the laws in force in a certain place. In the West, however, sometimes the land is the law. And certainly, the land shapes the laws and the people who are supposed to follow them.

In this temporary exhibit curated by MOI, we examine a handful of prominent East Idahoans who shaped the land or were shaped by it. Their stories add to the rich, complex interplay between the land and the features -- natural and human-made -- that govern it.

Idaho Exhibits

The Museum of Idaho houses thousands of artifacts telling the stories of the flora, fauna, and forces that have shaped our region.


Walk through a portion of a village created in part with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and see tipis, tools, and remnants of our region’s original inhabitants.


Peer into a one-room schoolhouse and ten historic businesses as they appeared in the late 19th century, when Idaho Falls was a dusty frontier town beginning to figure out its identity.


Learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition and the variety of people who came to our region and shaped it.


Discover how Idaho became the first state to produce usable electricity from nuclear power, and how it remains on the forefront of nuclear innovation.


Darwin & Dinosaurs

September 27, 2019 -- May 31, 2020

Walk among dinosaurs and trace how their discovery in the 1800s inspired Charles Darwin to explore how life has adapted and changed over millions of years. Highlights include 85 rare artifacts from Darwin’s life, work, and voyage on the HMS Beagle.


The Way Out West

coming in 2020

This exhibit, currently in development, will tell the story of Idaho – and particularly Eastern Idaho – in a dynamic, inclusive, and complete way. It’s a story of resources and resourcefulness, individualism and collectivism, and ultimately a story of migration, transformation, and the adventure home.

Themes:  geology | prehistory | resources and industry | people and cultures | Idaho statehood | regional roots | Idaho impact

MOI would like to thank the following organizations for their generous contributions to The Way Out West:

The Museum of Idaho exhibits team is a purveyor of what is beautiful, fascinating, and noteworthy.

— Rod Hansen, Director of Exhibits