List of museums in Idaho

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

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 not included.

To use the sortable table, click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order.

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
Bannock County Historical Museum Pocatello Bannock Eastern Local history website
Basque Museum & Cultural Center Boise Ada Southwest Ethnic - Basque-American website, Basque history and culture in Idaho
Bingham County Historical Museum Blackfoot Bingham Southeast History website, operated by the Bingham County Historical Society
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 website, part of Boise State University, teaching collection of preserved specimens of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish
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 Museum Bonners Ferry Boundary Northern Local history website, operated by the Bonner County Historical Society
Cambridge Museum (Idaho) Cambridge Washington Southwest Local history information
Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum Melba Canyon Southwest Multiple website, currently under construction, exhibits on area natural history, Native Americans, transportation
Captain John Mullan Museum Mullan Shoshone Northern Local history website
Cassia County Museum Burley Cassia South Central Local history information
Chesterfield Townsite Chesterfield Caribou Eastern Open air Late 19th century ghost town
Clearwater Historical Museum Orofina Clearwater North Central Local history Website
Collectors' Corner Museum Idaho Falls Bonneville Southeast Toy / Collectibles information
Council Valley Museum Council Adam Southwest Local history website
Crystal Gold Mine Museum 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
Elk River Museum Elk River Clearwater North Central History information
Experimental Breeder Reactor I Hailey Butte Central Science Decommissioned nuclear research reactor
Fort Hall Pocatello Bannock Eastern Historic site Replica mid 19th century trading post
Gem County Historical Village Museum Emmett Gem Southwest Local history website, operated by the Gem County Historical Society
Glenns Ferry Historical Museum Glenns Ferry Elmore Southwest Local history website, located in an early 20th-century schoolhouse
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument Hagerman Gooding South Central Natural history Fossils of horses and tours of the fossil beds
Hagerman Valley Historical Museum Hagerman Gooding South Central Local history website, area fossils, Native American, explorers, pioneers
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, planetarium with gallery and observatory, and student art
Historical Museum at St. Gertrude Cottonwood Idaho North Central Local history website, history of north central Idaho
Hughes Home Museum St. Maries Benewah Northern Local history website, located in an early 20th-century log house
Idaho Black History Museum Boise Ada Southwest History website, history and culture of African Americans, with special emphasis on African Americans in Idaho
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 information, local mining and logging history
Jefferson County Historical Museum Rigby Jefferson Southeast Local history information, pre-electric and early electric era, the history of Jefferson County, early photography, Philo Farnsworth
Jerome County Historical Museum Jerome Jerome South Central Local history website, operated by the Jerome County Historical Society
Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society Heritage & Ski Museum Ketchum Blaine Central History Local history including skiing, mining, sheep and Ernest Hemingway
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 website, part of Lewis–Clark State College, changing exhibits of art and local history
Lochsa Historical Ranger Station Museum Kooskia Idaho North Central History website, information, operated by the US Forest Service
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 website
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
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
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
Nez Perce County Historical Museum Lewiston Nez Perce North Central Local history Website, operated by the Nez Pierce 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.
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 information, operated by the Oakley Historical Society
Oasis Bordello Museum Wallace Shoshone Northern Industry - Prostitution information, information, local brothels
Old Idaho Penitentiary Wallace Shoshone Northern Historic site 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
Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History Caldwell Canyon Southwest Natural history Website, part of College of Idaho
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
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 information, exhibits on pioneer life, timber industry
Rathdrum Old Kootenai County Jail Rathdrum Kootenai County Northern History Owned and operated by the Rathdrum/Westwood Historical Society, Website
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
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 Website, culture and art of the Shoshone people
Shoshone Indian Ice Caves and Museum Shoshone Lincoln South Central Ethnic - Native American / Geology information, information, lava ice cave and museum with Native American artifacts, minerals and gems
Sierra Silver Mine Tour Wallace Shoshone Northern Industry - Mining website, tours of an underground silver mine
Staff House Museum Kellogg Shoshone Northern Industry - Mining Website, also known as Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum, exhibits on mining, smelting and cultural history of North Idaho's Silver Valley
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
Teton Flood Museum Rexburg Madison Southeast Local history Website, operated by the Rexburgh Historical Society
Teton Valley Museum Driggs Teton Southeast Local history Information
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
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
World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame Boise Ada Southwest Hall of fame - Sports information, located on the campus of Boise State University

Defunct museums[edit]

  • Hess Heritage Museum, Ashton[1]
  • 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.[2]



The Idaho Department of Commerce tourism division has divided the state into these seven regions which are used in the table above:[3]

  • Northern

Counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone,

Counties: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce

Counties: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington

Counties: Blaine, Butte, Camas, Custer, and Lemhi

  • South Central

Counties: Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Twin Falls

  • Southeast

Counties: Bingham, Bonneville, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and Teton

  • Eastern

Counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power


  1. ^ "Hess Heritage Museum collection up for auction". Standard Journal. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  2. ^ The Evans collection, 1884-1959, Boise State University, accessed 6/26/2013
  3. ^ "Visit Idaho" Web page, Idaho Department of Commerce. Retrieved February 13, 2007

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

Idaho counties