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Idaho Museums

The Idaho Association of Museums invites you to discover Idaho's diverse world of history, culture, and natural science, from A as in arrowheads at the Appaloosa Museum to Z as in zebras in the Boise Zoo. Wherever you live in Idaho, there are museums, interpretive centers, and heritage sites, many as close as your own neighborhood. These organizations have abundant resources with exhibits, activities, and events for everyone. In fact, Idaho has over 150 local, regional, state museums, historical societies, art galleries, interpretive centers, three zoos, and the World Center for Birds of Prey. 

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 Select a region below or scroll down to view all IAM member museums. Northern North Central Central Southwestern South Central Southeastern Eastern Northern Region ATHOL Farragut State Park and the Museum at the Brig 13550 E. Highway 54 (83801) (208) 683-2425, far@idpr.state.id.us http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut.aspx Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Once the largest city in Idaho and home to the world’s second largest naval training center ever built, the Museum at the Brig recounts the story of a world at war and Idaho’s role in our country’s defense. BONNERS FERRY Boundary County Museum 7229 Main Street, P.O. Box 808 (83805) (208) 267-7720, bcmuseum@meadowcrk.com www.bonnersferrymuseum.org Open All Year Edwin Bonner established a ferry crossing in 1864 on the Wild Horse Trail to the gold fields in British Columbia. The museum tells the stories of a wild west frontier town on the banks of the Kootenai River, aboriginal home of the Kootenai people. COEUR D'ALENE Museum of North Idaho & Fort Sherman 115 Northwest Boulevard, P.O. Box 812 (83816) (208) 664-3448, dd@museumni.org www.museumni.org Open April through October Includes regional exhibits featuring steamboats, railroads, recreation, the forest service, and Coeur d'Alene Indians. HARRISON Crane Historical Society 201 Coeur d'Alene Avenue, P.O. Box 152 (83833) (208) 689-3111, berti44@verizon.net www.cityofharrisonidaho.com Open Memorial Day through Labor Day The first house built in Harrison, the museum contains photos, scale models of steam ships, artifacts, and informational literature. The old jail and a display of steam, mill, and woods machinery are housed next to the museum. KELLOGG Crystal Gold Mine Museum 51931 Silver Valley Road, Box 510 (83837) (208) 783-4653, goldmine_idaho@hotmail.com www.goldmine-idaho.com Open All Year Experience underground fun and adventure in this authentic 1880s underground gold mine. Guided tours are available. Shoshone County Mining and Smelting Museum 820 McKinley Avenue, Box 783 (83837) (208) 786-4141 www.staffhousemuseum.com Open May through September Features the Bunker Hill Mining and Smelting Company and the surrounding Silver Valley. Bunker Hill was one of the oldest and largest mining companies in North Idaho. Rock and mineral displays, mining history, equipment displays, and local history. MULLAN Captain John Mullan Museum 229 Earle Street, P.O. Box 675 (83846) (208) 744-1155, bottlebuzzard@msn.com Open June through August Displays memorabilia and artifacts from Mullan and its surrounding area from 1883 to present. PIERCE J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum 103 South Main Street (83546), (mailing- 4022 Woods Road, Weippe, 83553) (208) 435-4121, inrlmas@orofino-id.com Open mid-June through mid-October After the discovery of gold near Pierce in 1860 came another rushmen seeking their fortunes in the timber industry. Exhibits include early horse logging, the log drives on the Clearwater River, an extensive chainsaw collection, and other Pierce area history. PRIEST LAKE Priest Lake Museum Located 1/4 mile north of the intersection of Luby Bay & Lakeshore Roads, P.O. Box 44, Coolin (83821) (208) 443-2676, priestlakemuseum@gmail.com Features the local history of the Priest Lake region. SANDPOINT Bonner County Historical Society & Museum 611 South Ella Avenue (83864) (208) 263-2344, bchs@frontier.com www.bonnercountyhistory.org Open All Year Features local history of the Lake Pend Oreille and Priest Lake regions of northern Idaho. Exhibits include Kalispel and Salish style "sturgeon-nosed" canoes, as well as Canoes For The Journey: David Thompson at Boat Encampment, 1811. Other exhibits tell the story of the communities in Bonner County that relied on timber, mining, and the railroads. The museum archive contains an extensive collection of documents, genealogical records, photographs, and newspapers dating from the late 1800s to the present. ST. MARIES Hughes House Historical Society 105 Golf Course Road (83861) (208) 245-2089, ra14ard@smgazette.com www.stmarieschamber.org/hhm Open May through September Built in 1902, the Hughes log house is now a charming museum full of interesting photos, antiques, and artifacts depicting early St. Maries and northern Idaho. WALLACE Wallace District Mining Museum 509 Bank Street, P.O. Box 469 (83873) (208) 556-1592, director@wallaceminingmuseum.org www.wallaceminingmuseum.org Open All Year Captures the impact of mining history with artifacts and exhibits depicting the hardships, toil, and home life of the period. North Central Region COTTONWOOD Historical Museum at St. Gertrude 465 Keuterville Road (83522) (208) 962-2052, curator@stgertrudes.org www.historicalmuseumatstgertrude.com Open All Year Collections include artifacts relating to the history of north central Idaho including Polly Bemis, Idaho County's most romantic character. Also Asian and European memorial with artifacts dating to the 14th century. COUNCIL Council Valley Museum 100 South Galena Street, P.O. Box 252 (83612) (208) 253-4582, dafisk@ctcweb.net www.councilidaho.net Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Artifacts related to the area's history, including mining, the fruit industry, ranching, and pioneer life. Life-like replicas of the area's first sheriff's office and the office of an eccentric woman dentist include items used by the actual people. GENESEE White Spring Ranch Museum 1004 Lorang Road (83832) (208) 416-1006, diana_conroy@hotmail.com www.whitespringranch.com Open Sundays and by appointment LAPWAI Nez Perce National Historical Park 39063 US Highway 95, P.O. Box 1000 (83540) (208) 843-7001, alyse_cadez@nps.gov www.nps.gov/nepe Open All Year This is a park about a people for all people. The land unites the Nez Perce across time, keeping their culture alive. At the Spalding Site visitor center museum view a movie and exhibits on Nez Perce culture and history. MOSCOW Appaloosa Museum 2720 West Pullman Road (83843) (208) 882-5578, museum@appaloosa.com www.appaloosamuseum.org Open All Year Features the evolution of the Appaloosa, Idaho's state horse, and its significance in Idaho history. Latah County Historical Society and McConnell Mansion Museum 327 East Second Street (83843) (208) 882-1004, dcrandall@latah.id.us http://users.moscow.com/lchs/index.html Open All Year The McConnell Mansion, built in 1886, has historic rooms, hands-on artifacts, activities for children, and exhibits on Latah County. WEIPPE Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum 105 N First Street E, P.O. Box 279 (83553) (208) 435-4200, hilltopheritage@hotmail.com Open All Year Features local history of the region. WINCHESTER Museum of Winchester History 417 McBeth, P.O. Box 3 (83555) (208) 924-7920, winchmuseum@connectwireless.us www.museumofwinchesterhistory.org Open All Year Exhibits feature the Tracy Censky Native Plant garden, the story of the mill, the Camas Prairie Railroad, mining, ranching including a milk exhibit, early pioneers, and the unique Lewis and Clark exhibit "Ordway's Search for Salmon." Central Region CHALLIS North Custer Museum 1201 Main Street, P.O. Box 776 (83226) (208) 879-2846, pegparks@custertel.net Open June through September Features local history of the region. CLAYTON Clayton Area Historical Museum One Ford Street, P.O. Box 1 (83227) (208) 838-2467, ctkrn@custertel.net www.claytonidaho.org Open May through September Dedicated to preserving the rich mining, logging, and ranching history of the area including a livery stable devoted to early transportation, blacksmithing, wagons of the era, hitching demos, and a store on the National Register of Historic Places. DONNELLY Roseberry General Store & Museum 13131 Farm to Market Road, P.O. Box 660 (83615) (208) 325-5000, roseberrygeneralstore@frontiernet.net www.roseberrygeneralstore.com Open May through December Step back in time at this restored 1905 General Store featuring exhibits of antique dry goods, toys and veterinary tools. Also shop for old fashioned candy and vintage gifts. Valley County Museum 13131 Farm to Market Road, P.O. Box 444 (83615) (208) 325-8682, lvps@ctcweb.net Open May through October The historic townsite of Roseberry showcases many century old restored buildings, Finnish cabins, Nell Tobias Research Center, and farm and ranch history. In the summer, the town hosts live music and many special events. HAILEY Blaine County Historical Museum 218 North Main Street, P.O. Box 124 (83333) (208) 788-3497, bcmuseum@mindspring.com www.bchistoricalmuseum.org Open Memorial Day through September Visitors can explore the Wood River Valley's pioneer past, research family histories, and view vignettes of mines, schools, ranches, famous literary personalities, period fashions, and political memorabilia. KETCHUM Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society and Heritage and Ski Museum 180 First Avenue East, P.O. Box 2746 (83340) (208) 726-8118, info@ksvhistoricalsociety.org www.ksvhs.org Open All Year Exhibits feature old Ketchum, mining, sheep ranching, archeology, Native Americans, Ernest Hemingway memorabilia, and the history of skiing from the 1880s to today including 10th Mountain Division Olympian Gretchen Fraser. Sun Valley Center for the Arts 191 Fifth Street East, P.O. Box 656 (83353) (208) 726-9491, sgapp@sunvalleycenter.org www.sunvalleycenter.org Open All Year Gallery exhibits and educational programs with contemporary, historical, nationally and internationally known artists. SALMON Lemhi County Historical Museum 210 Main Street (83467) (208) 756-3342, lemhimuseum@centurytel.net www.lemhimuseum.org Open May through October Features a large collection of Lemhi Shoshone artifacts with exhibits covering the history of the region's mining, ranching, and timber industries, period social displays, and Asian artifacts. Sacajawea interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center 200 Main Street (83467) (208) 756-1188, info@sacajaweacenter.org www.sacajaweacenter.org Open May through October Dedicated to honoring and providing education about America's great historical heroine, Sacajawea, an Agai Dika Lemhi Shoshone, and her role in the Corps of Discovery. Southwestern Region BOISE Basque Museum and Cultural Center 611 Grove Street (83702) (208) 343-2671, mail@basquemuseum.com www.basquemuseum.com Open All Year From famous explorers and 16th century whalers to local sheepherders, learn about this unique ethnic group with roots in Idaho. Historic Jacobs/Uberuaga House, a pioneer home and boarding house, is adjacent to main building. Boise Art Museum 670 Julia Davis Drive (83702) (208) 345-8330, info@boiseartmuseum.org www.boiseartmuseum.org Open All Year With a series of exciting new exhibits each year, a permanent art collection, special events, education programs, studio art workshops, and a unique gift store, there is something for everyone at BAM. Discovery Center of Idaho 131 W Myrtle Street (83702) (208) 343-9895, d.lambuth@scidaho.org www.scidaho.org Open All Year Idaho's only hands-on science museum with over 160 different, interactive exhibits for the entire family to explore, imagine, and discover the world around you. Idaho Botanical Garden 2355 N Penitentiary Road (83712) (208) 343-8649, info@idahobotanicalgarden.org www.idahobotanicalgarden.org Open All Year A full garden experience, this is a living museum whicfh provides a beautiful setting for its plant collections, education programs, and cultural and community events for all ages. Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology 2455 Old Penitentiary Road (83712) (208) 368-9876, idahorox@yahoo.com www.idahomuseum.org Open April through October Exhibits and displays on the fascinating geologic history and rich mining heritage of Idaho. Also offers school tours, hillside geology hikes, field trips, and a gift shop. Located on the grounds of the Old Penitentiary. Idaho State Historical Museum 610 North Julia Davis Drive (83702) (208) 334-2120, jody.ochoa@ishs.idaho.gov www.idahohistory.net Open All Year Presents the story of Idaho from pre-historic to modern times richly illustrated with artifacts from the museum's collections. Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site 2445 Old Penitentiary Road (83712) (208) 334-2844, rachelle.littau@ishs.idaho.org Open All Year Over 13,000 prisoners did time here between 1860 and 1973. View a video presentation and take a self-guided tour through this unique historic site. Exhibits are located throughout the site. World Center for Birds of Prey 5668 W Flying Hawk Lane (83709) (208) 362-8260, npiccono@peregrinefund.org www.peregrinefund.org Open All Year Explore the amazing world of raptors. Enjoy daily bird presentations, multi-media shows, falconry tours, and interactive exhibits that will captivate all ages. CALDWELL Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History The College of Idaho Boone Science Building 2112 Cleveland Boulevard (83605) (208) 459-5507, bclark@collegeofidaho.edu www.collegeofidaho.edu/campus/community/museum The only natural history museum in southwest Idaho, this is a valuable repository of biodiversity collections from this area and Mexico. A recently added African mammal exhibit is spectacular. EAGLE Eagle Historical Museum 67 E State Street (83616) (208) 939-2669, eaglemuseum@cityofeagle.org www.cityofeagle.org Open All Year Dedicated to exhibiting and preserving the artifacts, photographs, and documents that tell the story of Eagle, a small city that, though not incorporated until 1971, had a major impact on the growth and development of the Treasure Valley. EMMETT Gem County Historical Village Museum 501 East First Street (83617) (208) 365-9530, gemcountymuseum@gmail.com www.gemcountymuseum.org Open All Year This complex of five buildings depicts county heritage, industry, and local Native American artifacts. IDAHO CITY Boise Basin Museum 501 Montgomery Street (83631) (208) 392-4550, limlost@mindspring.com Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Features local history including the 1860s gold rush and an historic village. MOUNTAIN HOME Mountain Home Historical Society Museum 180 South Third East (83647) (208) 587-6847, nmarshall@mountain-home.us www.mountain-home.us/museum.htm Follow the Oregon Trail, stage coach stations, and the Union Pacific/Oregon Short Line railroad through Elmore County. Discover how the village of Mountain Home developed into the city of Mountain Home. MURPHY Owyhee County Museum & Library 17085 Basey Street, P.O. Box 67 (83650) (208) 495-2319, thomcouch@owyheemuseum.org www.owyheemuseum.org Open All Year Features Owyhee County history including Native American history, fur trade, gold rush, and ranching. NAMPA Canyon County Historical Society 1200 Front Street, P.O. Box 595 (83653) (208) 467-7611, info@canyoncountyhistory.com www.canyoncountyhistory.com Open All Year Features local history including the Union Pacific Railroad and museum shop. Our Memories Indian Creek Museum 1122 Main Street, P.O. Box 595 (83653) (208) 459-1413, info@canyoncountyhistory.com www.canyoncountyhistory.com Open All Year Features 28 rooms of local history, clothing, toys, office equipment, Victrolas, furniture, appliances, and photographs. Warhawk Air Museum 201 Municipal Drive (83687) (208) 465-6446, admin@warhawkairmuseum.org www.warhawkairmuseum.org Open All Year The Warhawk Air Museum is located at the Nampa Municipal Airport, Nampa, Idaho. It is a 501©3 museum that represents the American experience of World War I, World War II, and the Cold War Era including the Korean War and Vietnam War. Visitors learn about the personal experiences of men, women, and children who lived through those times and how the advancement in technology had an impact on our society. NEW MEADOWS Adams County Historical Society Pacific & Idaho Northern Railroad Depot P.O. Box 352 (83654) Features the history of Adams County. PARMA Old Fort Boise Historical Society Old Fort Boise Park-Stockton Road, P.O. Box 942 (83660) (208) 722-6447 Open June through August Fort replica of the fur trade era Hudson Bay Company. Exhibits include Native American photographs, farm machinery, a log cabin, a blacksmith, and more. PAYETTE Payette County Historical Society 90S Ninth Street, P.O. Box 696 (83661) (208) 642-4883, payettemuseum@qwestoffice.net www.geocities.com/payettehistory Open All Year Features local history along with a one-of-a-kind A.M. Paxton 1861 Confederate Civil War cannon and an entire building of original stain glass windows circa 1904. WEISER Snake River Heritage Center 2295 Paddock Avenue, P.O. Box 307 (83672) (208) 549-0174 Open May 31 through Labor Day Museum is housed in the H.M. Hooker Memorial Hall, main classroom of the old Intermountain Institute. Exhibits include an alumni room, a schoolroom, a Walter Johnson baseball display, and more. South Central Region CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Museum 15 N Superior, P.O. Box 35 (83610) (208) 257-3485, shansen@ctcweb.net Open June through August Features local history, geology, Indians, fur trappers, settlers, towns, railroad, schools, blacksmithing, mining, electricity, lumbering, and photos of northern Washington County as well as a research library by appointment. FILER Twin Falls County Historical Museum 21337-A Highway 30 (83328) (208) 736-4675, tfcountymuseum@msn.com Open All Year Features county history including antique machinery, clothing, and a collection of local objects and photographs. GOODING Gooding County Historical Society 273 Euskadi Lane (Hwy 46 & 26 junction, next to Basque Center), P.O. Box 580 (83330) (208) 934-5318, gchstoponis@yahoo.com Open May through September, Friday & Saturday Features the history of Gooding County. HAGERMAN Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument and Minidoka National Historic Site 221 N State Street, P.O. Box 570 (83332) (208) 837-4793, phil_gensler@nps.gov www.nps.gov/hafo & www.nps.gov/miin Open All Year Hagerman features fossil exhibits including the Hagerman Horse, Idaho state fossil, and visitors are allowed self-guided tours of the monument. Minidoka features exhibits relating to the history of the WWII era Japanese-American Internment Camp in southern Idaho. JEROME Jerome County Historical Society 150 N Lincoln, P.O. Box 50 (83338) (208) 324-5641, lhelms@northrim.net www.historicaljeromecounty.com Open All Year Features local history and the Hunt Japanese Relocation Center. TWIN FALLS Herrett Center for Arts & Science College of Southern Idaho-315 Falls Avenue, P.O. Box 1238 (83303) (208) 732-6655, herrett@csi.edu http://herrett.csi.edu Open All Year Features archaeological exhibits from Idaho, Central and South America alng with an art gallery, planetarium, and observatory. Southeastern Region AMERICAN FALLS Power County Historical Society & Museum 500 Pocatello Avenue (83211) (208) 226-1325, history@dcdi.net Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Features artifacts and art exhibits including a large collection of historical photographs pertaining to the building of hte American Falls Dam and hte moving of the town. BLACKFOOT Bingham County Historical Museum 190 N Shilling Avenue (83211) (208) 785-0397 Open May through August With its rock-walled basement, restored bedrooms, and passageways lined with old pictures and rare artifacts, this museum is set up as a beautiful southern mansion and reflects life here at the turn of the century. LAVA HOT SPRINGS South Bannock County Historical Center 110 E Main Street, P.O. Box 387 (83246) (208) 776-5254, lavamus@dcdi.net www.lavahotsprings.com/museum.htm Open All Year Exhibits include Trails, Trappers, Trains, and Travelers; Six Communities; and Indian Hot Pool. Research facility available with photos, documents, and artifacts. MALAD CITY Oneida Pioneer Museum 27 Bannock Street, (mailing) 746 N 500 W (83252) (208) 766-9247 www.maladidaho.org/museum/museum.htm Open May through September Housed in a former drug store with the original pressed-tin ceiling and the original safe, this museum features historical artifacts and information recounting the early history of the Malad Valley. MONTPELIER Oregon Trail Center 320 N Fourth Street (83254) (208) 847-3800, info@oregontrailcenter.org www.oregontrailcenter.org Open All Year Offers visitors a unique and entertaining indoor adventure. Simulates an actual wagon train experience of the 1850s re-enacted entirely within the center with historically accurate interpretive areas and live actors. POCATELLO Bannock County Historical Museum 300 Alvord Loop, P.O. Box 253 (83201) (208) 233-0434 Summer Hours - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 7 days a week. Fees include the Fort Hall Replica $4.00 Adult $3.00 Senior $2.00 children Features Pocatello and Bannock County history, Native Americans, and the railroad. Don Aslett Museum of Clean 711 South 2nd Ave (83201), PO Box 700 (83204) (208) 232-3535, daslett@museumofclean.com www.museumofclean.com Antique displays, art pieces, and interactive exhibits allow participants to experience the history of cleaning and the unique feeling of being clean. Currently 60,000 square feet under renovation. Fort Hall Replica 3002 Alvord Loop, Upper Level Ross Park - P.O. Box 4169 (83201) (208) 234-6191, llarsen@pocatello.us www.forthall.net Open mid-April through September Enter the 19th Century world of explorers, trappers, fur traders, Native Americans, pioneers, gold seekers, historic figures, and common folk; all of whom visited the place called Fort Hall on the banks of the Snake River in what is now Southeast Idaho. Idaho Museum of Natural History 5th & Dillon Streets-ISU Bldg. #12, (mailing) 921 S 8th Ave. Stop 8096 (83209) (208) 282-3317, imnh@isu.edu http://imnh.isu.edu Open All Year Exhibits feature ice-age mammals, volcanic hotspots, living off the land, and more. Experience science hands-on in the Discovery Room. Gift shop offers unique gift items including Rite in the Rain waterproof notebooks. SODA SPRINGS Soda Springs Idaho Historical Museum 76 S Main Street (83276) (208) 547-4980, enders@icsofidaho.com Open All Year Museum contains contributions and donations of historical items from the local area. Museum is part of the general operation of the entire Enders Building constructed in 1917 and totally renovated in 2001. Eastern Region DRIGGS Teton Valley Museum 137 N State Highway 33, Box 363 (83422) (208) 354-6000, tvmuseum@silverstar.com Open Memorial Day through September Features local history of the region. DUBOIS Heritage Hall Museum 110 South Reynolds, P.O. Box 53 (83423) Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Features local history of the region. IDAHO FALLS Collectors Corner Museum 900 John Adams Parkway (83401) (208) 528-9900 www.idahofallsidaho.net Open All Year Over 90 individual collections on display including an exhibit with over 400 Barbie Dolls. Other displays include toys, bears, antiques, coins, military items, tools, stamps, trains, and much more. Museum of Idaho 200 N Eastern Avenue (83402) (208) 522-1400, kelseysalsbery@museumofidaho.org www.museumofidaho.org Open All Year Idaho's premier national traveling exhibit museum hosting acclaimed exhibitions such as a T. Rex Named Sue, The World of Lewis & Clark, Savage Seas, World of the Pharaohs, and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Tautphaus Park Zoo 2725 Carnival Way, P.O. Box 50220 (83405) (208) 612-8418, wstewart@idahofallszoo.org www.idahofallszoo.org Open April through September Home to over 300 animals from 6 continents including threatened African Penguins, wallabies, gibbons, and South American birds in the walk-through aviary. The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho 300 S Capital Avenue (83402) (208) 524-7777, info@theartmuseum.org www.theartmuseum.org Open All Year Southeastern Idaho's only art museum. Located on the greenbelt beside the Snake River, it offers exhibits, events, classes, and performances. REXBURG Teton Flood Museum 51 N Center Street (83440) (208) 359-3063, kristyg@rexburg.org www.rexburg.org/play/localattractions/floodmuseum Open All Year Focuses on the 1976 flood caused when the Teton Dam burst changing the landscape and the lives of all that lived below, along with the history of the Upper Snake River Valley. Also a children's museum with interactive displays that change monthly. Upper Snake River Valley Historical Museum 51 N Center Street, P.O. Box 244 (83440) (208) 365-9101, usrvhistsoc@hotmail.com Open All Year Features local history of the region.
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