Last updated: 11/14/2012
Caldwell, Idaho
21112 Cleveland Blvd.
Caldwell, ID 83605
First Saturday of each month for open museum workday, 9-5; otherwise by appointment.
Friday1 PM - 5 PM
The Museum is open every Friday 1-5pm. Location downstairs in Boone Hall. Follow signs.
Free, donations appreciated
Group Tours
William Clark, Director
phone: 208-459-5507
J. Summers Duffy, Archaeologist

Natural History Museum located at The College of Idaho. It is the only natural history museum in southwestern Idaho, southeast Oregon or northern Nevada.


It supports education programs at the College of Idaho, provides community resources, houses valuable resources for scientific research.


Established in 1891 by Orma J. Smith who taught chemistry at the college.

Artifact Collections

The Helen V. Smith Fossil Leaf Collections; Schumacher African collection, Gates Lewis Anthropological collection, Ruth Meade Basketry, Invertebrate Collections, Birds, Reptiles, Snake River Mollusks, etc.

Research Collections

The Helen V. Smith Fossil Leaf Collections; Schumacher African collection, Gates Lewis Anthropological collection, Ruth Meade Basketry, Invertebrate Collections, Birds, Reptiles, Snake River Mollusks, etc.

Educational Programs

Museum workdays open to the public and students; archaeology workshops, gallery tours, lectures



Lecture Halls


The College of Idaho, Caldwell, Id.


Access: Students

Appointment required: No


Wheelchair Accessible


Group Tours

Museum tours are given by Sharon Brown and can be arranged by contracting Kinga Britschgi (208-459-5211) The Museum is open to the public each Friday afternoon from 1-5pm (always call first to check for any changes).

Group Tours

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