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Museums in Southwest Idaho


(1) Discovery Center of Idaho

131 W. Myrtle Street

Boise, ID  83702

(208) 343-9895

Open 7 days per week, year-round

Discovery Center of Idaho is Idaho’s only hands-on science center. DCI provides fun, interactive STEM learning by bringing the community over 150 hands on exhibits, non-traditional educational programming for all ages, and a safe space for all to explore. Located in the heart of Boise’s downtown, they’ve been inspiring lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math since 1988.


(2) Basque Museum and Cultural Center

611 Grove Street

Boise, ID  83702

(208) 343-2671


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.


(3) Boise Art Museum

670 Julia Davis Drive

Boise, ID  83702

(208) 345-8330


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.


(4) Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology

2455 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID  83712

(208) 368-9876


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.


(5) Idaho Heritage Trust

P.O. Box 140617

Boise, ID  83714

(208) 549-1778

Preserving the historic fabric of Idaho for our State's Bicentennial in 2090 
through a program of grants and technical assistance. 


(6) Idaho Hot Rod History 

Idaho Botanical Garden

2355 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID  83712

(208) 343-8649


(7) Idaho Military History Museum and Society

4692 West Harvard Street

Boise, ID  83705

(208) 272-4841


Open All Year

The Idaho Military History Museum was established for the purpose of "preservation, display and interpretation of military history and artifacts that have a geographical tie to the history of the people and state of Idaho"


(8) Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

777 South 8th Street

Boise, ID  83702

(208) 345-0304


Open All Year

Located along the Greenbelt in downtown Boise, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial opened in 2002 as an educational park designed to engage visitors to reflect, think and engage one another on human rights issues.


(9) Boise Basin Museum

503 Montgomery St

Idaho City, ID  83631

(208) 392-4550

Open Memorial through Labor Day

Operated by the Idaho City Historical Foundation. In 1867, it took Postmaster James Pinney only 29 days to build the post office after the second great fire in Idaho City destroyed the first one on Main Street. The Foundation leases the building from Idaho City and it has been used as a museum since 1958. The building houses an extensive collection of early photographs, tools, and artifacts from the Basin's colorful mining and logging history. 

(10) Kuna Historical Society

329 Main Street

P.O. Box 84

Kuna, ID  83634 

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Dedicated to discovering and preserving Kuna’s history and making it accessible to the public. 

(11) Melba Valley Historical Society

314 Carrie Rex Ave.

Melba, ID  83641

Open Saturdays, May through October

People can see and read many and varied pieces of Melba history that should not be lost or forgotten, but preserved in a safe place.

(12) Owyhee County Museum & Library

17085 Basey Street

P.O. Box 67

Murphy, ID  83650

(208) 495-2319


Open All Year

Features Owyhee County history including Native American history, fur trade, gold rush, and ranching.


(13) Warhawk Air Museum

201 Municipal Drive

Nampa, ID  83687

(208) 465-6446


Open All Year

The Warhawk Air Museum is located at the Nampa Municipal Airport, Nampa, Idaho. It is a 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.


(14) Greenleaf Historical Society

P.O. Box 34

Greenleaf, ID  83607


(15) Adams County Historical Society Pacific & Idaho Northern Railroad Depot

P.O. Box 352

New Meadows, ID  83654


Features the history of Adams County.


(16) Payette County Historical Society

90S Ninth Street

P.O. Box 696

Payette, ID  83661

(208) 642-4883


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.


(17) Snake River Heritage Center

2295 Paddock Avenue

P.O. Box 307

Weiser, ID  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. 


(18) Cambridge Museum

15 N Superior 

P.O. Box 35

Cambridge, ID  83610

(208) 257-3485


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.


(19) Valley County Museum & Long Valley Preservation Society

13131 Farm to Market Road

P.O. Box 444

Donnelly, ID  83615

(208) 315-4370


(20) Jerome County Historical Society

150 N Lincoln

P.O. Box 50

Jerome, ID  83338

(208) 324-5641


Open All Year

Features local history and the Hunt Japanese Relocation Center.


(21) Oakley Valley Historical Museum

140 West Main Street

P.O. Box 239

Oakley, ID  83346

(208) 862-7890


Open All Year

Oakley was founded by ranchers and Mormon immigrants in 1878. Today it is on the National Register of Historic Places due to the collection of old stone and brick buildings in the area, which date back to 1883. This museum chronicles the history of the town and the surrounding area near City of Rocks.


(22) Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

2112 Cleveland Blvd.

Caldwell, ID  83605

(208) 459-5011

(23) Herrett Center for Arts & Science

College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Avenue

P.O. Box 1238

Twin Falls, ID  83303

(208) 732-6655


Open All Year

Features archaeological exhibits from Idaho, Central and South America alng with an art gallery, planetarium, and observatory. 


(24) North Custer Museum

1201 Main Street

P.O. Box 776

Challis, ID  83226

(208) 879-2846


Open June through September

Features local history of the region.


(25) Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association

State Hwy 75

P.O. Box 75

Stanley, ID  83278

(208) 774-3517 summer only


Open Memorial Day through Labor Day

The Stanley Historical Museum is located on State Highway 75, near the confluence of Valley Creek and the Salmon River. Located in historic Valley Creek Ranger Station, the Museum displays photographs and artifacts depicting the early days in the Sawtooth Valley, and offers a glimpse of pioneer life in this not-so-gentle landscape.

(26) Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Discovery Center

2700 Main Street

Salmon, ID  83467

(208) 756-1188

Open Year Round

The Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center interprets the rich cultural and natural history of the Salmon and Lemhi River Country, deepening people’s connection to the unique place this area holds in our nation’s history, which was shaped in part by the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Sacajawea, as well as her people, the Agai’dika Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.


(27) Sun Valley Center for the Arts

191 Fifth Street East

P.O. Box 656

Ketchum, ID  83340

(208) 726-9491

Open Year Round

he majority of the Center’s exhibitions are part of multidisciplinary projects that explore ideas or concepts relevant to our times and of interest to our community.





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