List of museums in Idaho

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This list of museums in Idaho contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are included.

Name Town/City County Region Type Summary
Appaloosa Museum Moscow Latah North Central History website, history of the Appaloosa horse and its region of origin
Art Museum of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls Bonneville Southeast Art website, includes five galleries
Bannock County Historical Museum Pocatello Bannock Western Local history website
Basque Museum & Cultural Center Boise Ada Southwest Ethnic - Basque-American website, Basque history and culture in Idaho
Bellevue Historical Society Bellevue Blaine Central Local history [1]
Bingham County Historical Museum Blackfoot Bingham Southeast History website, operated by the Bingham County Historical Society
Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center Sagle Bonner Northern Aviation Historic aircraft, aviation and inventions
Blaine County Historical Museum Hailey Blaine Central Local history website
Boise Art Museum Boise Ada Southwest Art website, focuses on 20th century American art with an emphasis on artists of the Northwest, American Realism and ceramics
Boise Basin Museum Idaho City Boise Southwest Local history website, operated by the Idaho City Historical Foundation
Boise State University Vertebrate Museum Boise Ada Southwest Natural history Part of Boise State University, teaching collection of preserved specimens of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish, not open to the public[2]
Bonner County Historical Museum Sandpoint Bonner Northern Local history website, operated by the Bonner County Historical Society, exhibits include pioneers, farming, logging, mining, the Kalispell and Kootenai people
Boundary County History Museum Bonners Ferry Boundary Northern Local history website, operated by the Boundary County Historical Society
Cambridge Museum (Idaho) Cambridge Washington Southwest Local history [3]
Camp Tosobia and Camp Mead DUP Historical Museum Soda Springs Caribou Eastern Local history Operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers[4]
Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum Melba Canyon Southwest Multiple Operated by the County in Celebration Park, currently under construction, exhibits on area natural history, Native Americans, transportation[5]
Captain John Mullan Museum Mullan Shoshone Northern Local history website
Cassia County Historical Museum Burley Cassia South Central Local history Operated by the Cassia County Historical Society[6][7]
Chesterfield Townsite Chesterfield Caribou Eastern Open air Late 19th century ghost town
Clayton Area Historical Museum Clayton Custer Central Local history Operated by the Clayton Area Historical Association[8][9]
Clearwater Historical Museum Orofina Clearwater North Central Local history website
Collectors' Corner Museum Idaho Falls Bonneville Southeast Toy / Collectibles Includes dolls, bears, antiques, trains, coins, stamps and military memorabilia[10][11]
Council Valley Museum Council Adam Southwest Local history [12]
Crane House Museum Harrison Kootenai Northern Local history Operated by the Crane Historical Society[13]
Crystal Gold Mine Kellogg Shoshone Northern Industry - Mining website, guided underground tour
Discovery Center of Idaho Boise Ada Southwest Science Interactive exhibits designed to inspire a lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math
Eagle Historical Museum Eagle Ada Southwest Local history [14]
Elk River Museum Elk River Clearwater North Central History [15]
Experimental Breeder Reactor I Hailey Butte Central Science Decommissioned nuclear research reactor
Farragut State Park Athol Kootenai Northern Military Includes the Brig Museum with displays about Farragut Naval Training Station
Fort Hall Pocatello Bannock Eastern Military Replica mid 19th century trading post
Franklin Idaho Relic Hall Franklin Franklin Eastern Local history Operated by the Idaho State Historical Society[16]
Gem County Historical Village Museum Emmett Gem Southwest Local history website, operated by the Gem County Historical Society, displays include Native Americans, trappers, miners, settlers, agriculture, period room and business displays, early 20th-century period house, blacksmith shop
Glenns Ferry Historical Museum Glenns Ferry Elmore Southwest Local history website, located in an early 20th-century schoolhouse
Gooding County Museum Gooding Gooding South Central Local history Website, operated by the Gooding County Historical Society
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument Hagerman Gooding South Central Natural history Fossils of horses and tours of the fossil beds
Hagerman Valley Historical Society Museum Hagerman Gooding South Central Local history website, area fossils, Native American, explorers, pioneers
Heritage Hall Museum Dubois Clark Southeast Local history Located in a former Episcopal church[17][18]
Herrett Center for Arts and Science Twin Falls Twin Falls South Central Multiple Website, part of the College of Southern Idaho, exhibits Native American artifacts, natural history, planetarium with gallery and observatory, contemporary art gallery, student art
Historic P&IN Depot New Meadows Adam Southwest Local history Operated by the Adams County Historical Society, restored Pacific & Idaho Northern depot, changing exhibits of local and state history and culture[19]
Historical Museum at St. Gertrude Cottonwood Idaho North Central Local history website, heritage of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, exhibits include the Benedictine Sisters, the Nez Perce people, fossils and minerals, Polly Bemis, medical artifacts, Asian and European artifacts dating to the 14th century, area immigrants, pioneer life
Hughes Home Museum St. Maries Benewah Northern Local history Located in an early 20th-century log house[20]
Idaho Black History Museum Boise Ada Southwest African American website, history and culture of African Americans, with special emphasis on African Americans in Idaho
Idaho Heritage Museum Twin Falls Twin Falls South Central Multiple Website, Native American artifacts, mounted game animals in their natural habitat, mounted birds, fossils, guns, coins
Idaho Military History Museum Boise Ada Southwest Military website, state military history including Idaho Air and Army National Guard, Mountain Home Air Force Base, the United States Marines and the US Navy
Idaho Museum of Mining & Geology Boise Ada Southwest Industry - Mining / Science - Geology website, mining artifacts, rocks and mineral specimens, state geology and mining history
Idaho Museum of Natural History Pocatello Bannock Eastern Natural history Idaho’s geology, fossils, Ice-age megafauna, native culture, plants and animals
Idaho Potato Museum Blackfoot Bingham Southeast Food - Potato Potato farming, food culture
Idaho State Historical Museum Boise Ada Southwest History Operated by the Idaho State Historical Society, state history, culture, occupations and experiences
J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum Pierce Clearwater North Central Industry - Timber Local mining and logging history[21][22]
Jefferson County Historical Museum Rigby Jefferson Southeast Local history Also called the Farnsworth TV & Pioneer Museum, pre-electric and early electric era, the history of Jefferson County, early photography, Philo Farnsworth, operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society[23]
Jerome County Historical Museum Jerome Jerome South Central Local history website, operated by the Jerome County Historical Society, also operates the nearby Idaho Farm & Ranch Museum
Kamiah Valley Museum Kamiah Lewis North Central Local history [24][15]
Kootenai County Jail Museum Rathdrum Kootenai Northern Local history Owned and operated by the Rathdrum/Westwood Historical Society, located in the former sheriff’s office and county jailwebsite
Kuna History Center Kuna Ada Southwest Local history Operated by the Kuna Historical Society[25][26]
Lawson's Emu-Z-um Grand View Owyhee Southwest Local history website, includes pioneer and settler artifacts, period clothing, antique kitchen gadgets, early vehicles, frontier farming and ranching implements, mining equipment, Native American artifacts
Legacy Flight Museum Rexburg Madison Southeast Aerospace website, restored military aircraft
Lemhi County Historical Museum Salmon Lemhi Central Local history website, includes Lemhi Shoshone, ranching, mining, pioneer, and Chinese displays, archives of Lewis and Clark, operated by the Lemhi County Historical Society
Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History Lewiston Nez Perce North Central Art Part of Lewis–Clark State College, changing exhibits of art and local history[27]
Lochsa Historical Ranger Station Museum Kooskia Idaho North Central History website, operated by the US Forest Service in Nez Perce National Forest[28]
McConnell Mansion Museum Moscow Latah North Central Historic house website, operated by the Latah County Historical Society, features historic rooms interpreted in different time periods from 1900 to the 1930s
Minidoka County Historical Society Museum Rupert Minidoka South Central Local history [29][30]
MK Nature Center Boise Ada Southwest Natural history Website, operated by the State, also known as the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center
Mountain Home Museum Mountain Home Elmore Southwest Local history website, operated by the Mountain Home Historical Society
Mud Lake Museum Terreton Jefferson Southeast Local history Operated by the Mud Lake Historical Society[31]
Museum of Clean Pocatello Bannock Western Technology website, history of cleaning devices, includes vacuums, washers, brooms, toilets, tubs, cleaning products
Museum of Idaho Idaho Falls Bonneville Southeast Multiple website, state and local history, culture, natural history, nuclear energy, Native Americans
Museum of North Idaho Coeur d'Alene Kootenai Northern History website, exhibits include logging, agriculture, steamboats, railroads, recreation, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Museum of Winchester History Winchester Lewis North Central Local history [32][33]
Nampa Train Depot Museum Nampa Canyon Southwest Local history website, operated by the Canyon County Historical Society, exhibits include area railroad history, antique dolls, rodeo, mustache cups
National Oregon/California Trail Center Montpelier Bear Lake Eastern History website, features simulated wagon train experience of the 1850s, includes the Rails & Trails Museum about area history, railroads, pioneers
Nez Perce County Historical Museum Lewiston Nez Perce North Central Local history Website, operated by the Nez Perce County Historical Society
Nez Perce National Historical Park Spalding Nez Perce North Central Ethnic - Native American Spalding Visitor Center has a museum of the Nez Perce. Nez Perce National Historical Park has 38 sites spread over four states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) with sites related to the Nez Perce.
North Custer Museum Challis Custer Central Local history [34]
Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum Wallace Shoshone Northern Railroad website, area railroad and mining history, located in an early 20th-century depot
Oakley Valley Historical Museum Oakley Cassia South Central Local history Operated by the Oakley Historical Society[35]
Oasis Bordello Museum Wallace Shoshone Northern Industry - Prostitution Local brothels[36][37]
Old Fort Boise Parma Canyon Southwest Military Reconstructed replica of Fort Boise, operated by the Old Fort Boise Historical Society[38]
Old Idaho Penitentiary Boise Ada Southwest Prison Operated by the Idaho State Historical Society includes J. Curtis Earl Arms Collection of historic arms and military memorabilia
Old Mission State Park Cataldo Shoshone Northern Native American Historic tribal mission for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Oneida County Pioneer Museum Malad Oneida Eastern Local history [39]
Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History Caldwell Canyon Southwest Natural history Part of College of Idaho, open on Friday afternoons and on the first Saturday of each month[40]
Our Memories Indian Creek Museum Caldwell Canyon Southwest Local history Website, operated by the Canyon County Historical Society, includes period room displays
Owyhee County Historical Society Museum and Library Murphy Owyhee Southwest Local history Website
Palouse Discovery Science Center Moscow Latah North Central Science website,hands-on science and learning experiences
Paris Historical Museum Paris Bear Lake Eastern Local history [41][42]
Payette County Museum Payette Payette Southwest Local history website, operated by the Payette County Historical Society
Post Falls Historical Society Museum Post Falls Kootenai Northern Local history [43]
Power County Museum American Falls Power Eastern Local history Operated by the Power County Historical Society[44][45]
Priest Lake Museum Coolin Boundary County Northern Local history website, exhibits on area Native Americans, pioneers, early businesses, history of the US Forest Service
Priest River Museum and Timber Education Center Priest River Bonner Northern Industry - Timber Exhibits on pioneer life, timber industry, located in the late 19th-century Keyser homestead house[46]
Rock Creek Station and Stricker Homesite Twin Falls Twin Falls South Central History Operated by the Idaho State Historical Society, includes the mid 19th century house, store, pioneer cemetery and outbuildings
Roseberry General Store and Museum Donnelly Valley Southwest History website, early 20th-century general store with historic displays and current merchandise
Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Education Center Salmon Lemhi Central Biography Website, focuses on Sacajawea, her people the Agaidika, and the Lewis and Clark expedition
Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum Fort Hall Bannock Eastern Ethnic - Native American Culture and art of the Shoshone people[47][48]
Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum Kellogg Shoshone Northern Industry - Mining Website, also known as Staff House Museum, exhibits on mining, smelting and cultural history of North Idaho's Silver Valley, located in the former Bunker Hill Staff house
Shoshone Indian Ice Caves and Museum Shoshone Lincoln South Central Ethnic - Native American / Geology Lava ice cave and museum with Native American artifacts, minerals and gems[49][50][51]
Sierra Silver Mine Tour Wallace Shoshone Northern Industry - Mining website, tours of an underground silver mine
Soda Springs Historical Museum Soda Springs Caribou Eastern Local history Located in the 1919 Ender's Hotel[52]
South Bannock County Historical Center Museum Lava Hot Springs Bannock Western Local history website
Spragpole Museum Mullan Shoshone Northern Local history Area mining history, logging, late 19th-century period room and business displays[53][54]
Stanley Historical Museum Stanley Custer Central Local history Operated by the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association in historic Valley Creek Ranger Station in Sawtooth National Recreation Area[55][56]
Sun Valley Center for the Arts Ketchum Blaine Central Art Also operates in Hailey, Idaho, contemporary and historical art by artists from around the world
Sun Valley Museum of History Ketchum Blaine Central Local history Operated by the Sun Vally Community Library Association, located in the historic Forest Service Park, area cultural heritage[57]
Teton Flood Museum Rexburg Madison Southeast Local history Website, operated by the Rexburgh Historical Society
Teton Valley Museum Driggs Teton Southeast Local history [58][59]
Twin Falls County Historical Society Museum Twin Falls Twin Falls South Central Local history website, exhibits include pre-settlement Indian era, Oregon Trail migration, Chinese placer mining, ranching, irrigated-farming, early 1900s life
Valley County Museum Donnelly Valley Southwest Open air website, also known as Historic Roseberry, operated by the Long Valley Preservation Society, includes the John Korvola Homestead
Wallace District Mining Museum Wallace Shoshone Northern Industry - Mining website, features artifacts and model of the Sunshine Mine, area mining heritage
Warhawk Air Museum Nampa Canyon Southwest Aerospace Website, historic military aircraft, military aviation history and artifacts
Weippe Discovery Center Weippe Clearwater North Central History website, library, museum and community center, exhibits about Lewis and Clark
Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum Weippe Clearwater North Central Local history [60]
Weiser Museum Weiser Washington Southwest Local history Displays include Intermountain Institute, agriculture, Native Americans, mining, local automotive history, military[61]
White Spring Ranch Museum Genesee Latah North Central Historic house website, late 19th-century farmhouse, c.1876 Log cabin, c.1880 Curio Museum cabin[62]
Wilford Woodruff Home Randolph Bear Lake Eastern Local history Pioneer relics of early Mormon pioneer leader Wilford Woodruff[63]
World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame Boise Ada Southwest Hall of fame - Sports Located on the campus of Boise State University, humanitarian contributions of athletes[64]

Defunct museums[edit]

  • Hess Heritage Museum, Ashton[65]
  • Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society Heritage & Ski Museum, Ketchum, collections now part of the Sun Valley Museum of History[66]
  • Sacajawea Museum at Spalding, former museum near the site of the Spalding Mission whose contents were sold off after a flood in 1963. Featured a buckskin dress from Sacajawea, various Nez Perce Chief headdresses including two from the young Chief Joseph, and a dugout canoe from the Lewis and Clark expedition.[67]

Regions[edit]

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The Idaho Department of Commerce tourism division has divided the state into these seven regions which are used in the table above:[68]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Vertebrate Museum". Boise State University. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cambridge Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "DUP Satellite Museum Directory". Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Canyon County Crossroads Transportation Museum". Canyon County, Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "About Cassia: Historical Society » Museum". Cassia County, Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cassia County Historical Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Clayton Area Historical Museum". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Official site". Clayton Area Historical Association. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Collector's Corner Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Collector's Corner Museum". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Official site". Council Valley Museum. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Official site". Crane Historical Society. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Eagle Historical Museum". City of Eagle. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Other Museums". Clearwater Historical Museum. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Historic Franklin Properties". Idaho State Historical Society. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Facebook site". Heritage Hall Museum. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Heritage Hall Museum". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Official site". Historic P&In Depot. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
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  21. ^ "Facebook site". J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
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  23. ^ "Farnsworth TV & Pioneer Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
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  25. ^ "Official site". Kuna Historical Society. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
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  29. ^ "Historical Society". Minidoka County, Idaho. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Minidoka County Museum". Minidoka County Historical Society. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  31. ^ "Official site". Mud Lake Historical Society & Museum. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  32. ^ "Museum of Winchester History". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  33. ^ "Museum of Winchester History". Greater Craigmont Area Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  34. ^ "North Custer Museum". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
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  36. ^ "Oasis Bordello Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
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  38. ^ "Old Fort Boise Historical Society". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  39. ^ "Oneida County Pioneer Museum". Malad, Idaho. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  40. ^ "Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History". College of Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  41. ^ "Paris Historical Museum". Bear Lake Valley CVB. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  42. ^ "Museums". Pioneer Country Travel Council of Southeastern Idaho. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  43. ^ "Official site". Post Falls Historical Society. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  44. ^ "Power County Museum". Power County Historical Society. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  45. ^ "Power County Historical Society and Museum". Power County, Idaho. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  46. ^ "Priest River Museum and Timber Education Center". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  47. ^ "Fort Hall Reservation". Pioneer Country Travel Council of Southeastern Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  48. ^ "Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  49. ^ "Shoshone Indian Ice Caves". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  50. ^ "Shoshone Ice Caves". College of Southern Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
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  52. ^ "Soda Springs Idaho Historical Museum". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  53. ^ "Official site". The Sprag Pole Inn and Museum. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  54. ^ "Spragpole Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  55. ^ "Stanley Historical Museum". Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  56. ^ "Stanley Museum". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  57. ^ "Sun Valley Museum of History". Community Library of Ketchum. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  58. ^ "Teton Valley Museum Foundation". Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  59. ^ "Teton Valley Museum". Visit Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  60. ^ "Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  61. ^ "Official site". Weiser Museum. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  62. ^ "White Spring Ranch Museum & Archive Library". Idaho Association of Museums. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  63. ^ "Wilford Woodruff Home". Bear Lake Valley CVB. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  64. ^ "World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame". Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  65. ^ "Hess Heritage Museum collection up for auction". Standard Journal. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  66. ^ "Sun Valley Museum of History". Community Library of Ketchum. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  67. ^ http://library.boisestate.edu/special/FindingAids/fa282.shtm The Evans collection, 1884-1959, Boise State University, accessed 6/26/2013
  68. ^ "Visit Idaho" Web page, Idaho Department of Commerce. Retrieved February 13, 2007

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See also[edit]

Idaho counties