Museums of Idaho

Posted by Hughes Group Blog Team on Friday, October 1st, 2021 at 4:23pm.

Immerse yourself in Idaho's deeply-rooted history and diverse culture on display at various top-rated museums scattered throughout the state. Explore everything from historical museums to facilities dedicated to the strange and unusual. Take a day to check out some of the eclectic collections and informative exhibits showcasing the different puzzle pieces that makeup Idaho's history. Below are a few popular museum destinations bound to spark curiosity and leave guests inspired after a day well spent learning about the Gem State.

Museum of Idaho

Idaho Falls

The Museum of Idaho takes visitors back in time to reveal the origins of Idaho's cultural and natural history. Host to a nationally recognized rotating array of traveling exhibits, the museum attracts visitors from in and around the area to view one-of-a-kind displays and a well-curated collection of historical relics. Take a tour through the discovery room for an interactive museum experience or find inspiration from the artifact collection, preserving and showcasing a diverse profile of stories through an array of ancient artifacts. Explore pieces from inspiring leaders to mammoth species that illustrate the impact of transmigration, invention, and collaboration on the region. Stop by today to discover what history lies behind the beautiful surrounding landscapes and charming rural towns of Idaho.

Hours:

Monday through Saturday from 10am - 6pm

Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Admission:

General $13

Senior (62+) $12

Student (4-17/College ID) $11

Programs & Events:

Museum After Dark, Museum Club, MOI Gala, Gorgongosa Adventure, Archaeology Tours, Little Learners, Meet a Scientist/Discovery Day, Night at the Museum, Summer Day Camps

* As always, please verify information prior to heading to the museum for the most recent times, prices, and verify any changes that may have occurred. 


Boise Art Museum

Boise

The Boise Art Museum (BAM) offers a range of art classes and hosts various events that bring the community together. Visit the museum to be inspired, challenge your assumptions, or view skilled artistry and master craftsmanship on display. The museum is home to a permanent collection focused on American art with room to spare for rotating exhibits that showcase artists from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Journey through the well-curated sculpture garden. The Boise Art Museum offers an interactive learning space and a host of classes and workshops for artists of all ages. BAM is often the go-to location for field trips and gallery tours, a beloved destination for Boise residents and the greater Treasure Valley.

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm

Sunday Noon - 5pm

First Thursday (1st Thursday of month) 10am - 7pm

Admission:

BAM Members FREE

General $6

Student (Grades 1-12) $3

Children (5 and under) FREE

Full-Time Student (w/ID) $3

Senior (62+) $4

Military (w/ID) $4

First Thursday (1st Thursday of month) Pay what you can

Programs & Events:

Annual Gala, Art in the Park, School Tours, ArtReach, ART Camp, Classes &

Workshops for Adults (rotating), Monthly Education Programs (rotating),

Educator Evening (BAM Members), Teacher Education (Professional Development)

* As always, please verify information prior to heading to the museum for the most recent times, prices, and verify any changes that may have occurred. 


Warhawk Air Museum

Nampa

The Warhawk Air Museum is an excellent destination for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts alike, featuring an impressive display of historical artifacts from wars that shaped the country. This 40,000+/-square foot museum is home to an extensive collection of vintage planes and war memorabilia, including two of only a few remaining Curtiss P-40 World War II fighter planes left in the world and a rare World War II P-51C razorback Mustang fighter airplane. The Warhawk's permanent collection showcases 11 historic and replica aircraft, including a highly recognized F-86F Sabre Jet, Fokker DR-1 triplane, P-51C Mustang, and UH-1C Huey. Exhibits cover period pieces from World War I, World War II, and Cold War, including the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Don't miss the rotating lot of visiting aircraft and the innovative education center designed to spark and foster an appreciation for the impact of technology on history.

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday from 9am - 5pm

Sunday 11am-4pm

Admission:

General $14

Children (5-12) $5

Senior $12

Military (w/ID) $12

Programs & Events:

Warbird Roundup, September Swing, Guided Tours, Scavenger Hunt, Classes (5th-12th grade), Event Rentals

One-of-a-kind stops...

* As always, please verify information prior to heading to the museum for the most recent times, prices, and verify any changes that may have occurred. 


Idaho Potato Museum

Blackfoot

Located in the Oregon Shortline railroad depot, the Idaho Potato Museum is defined by a quirky larger-than-life baked potato upon arrival. World-renowned for potatoes, Idaho ranks number one for potato production in the United States, shaping the industry and state as a whole. Visitors can learn about the impact of potatoes on the world through a series of exhibits and displays showcasing their history, growth timeline, how the harvesting process works, and more. Tour the historic building and discover a plethora of potato-related memorabilia, including the largest potato crisp ever made as well as a lab, cinema, and gift shop dedicated to potatoes. End the trip by making a stop at the Potato Station Cafe located in the museum for potato-themed foods, including ice cream, baked potatoes, and fries.

Hours:

Monday through Saturday from 9:30am - 5pm (Sep. - May)

Monday through Sunday from 9:30am - 7pm (June, July, Aug.)

Admission:

General $6

Children (5-12) $3

Senior $5.50

Military $5.50

Group Rate (15+) $5

Programs & Events:

Guided Tours

* As always, please verify information prior to heading to the museum for the most recent times, prices, and verify any changes that may have occurred. 


Museum of Clean

Pocatello

Tour a museum dedicated to the art of clean living and discover the significant role it plays in every facet of our daily lives, from our homes, minds, language and the community as a whole. Explore the 74,000+/- square foot facility exploring cleanliness through an array of impressive art displays, well-curated exhibits, and print. The museum aims to engage visitors of all ages through several interactive displays and activities, including the Kids Clean World and the Old City exhibit featuring a unique perspective from the inside of a chimney sweep. Since opening in 2011, the museum has continued to attract visitors from around the world for its evergrowing collection of nearly 1,000+/- pieces, including Aslett's vacuum collection showcasing over a century of clean.

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm

Admission:

General $6

Children (3-15) $5

Group Tour Rates Available

Programs & Events:

Guided Tours

* As always, please verify information prior to heading to the museum for the most recent times, prices, and verify any changes that may have occurred. 


Idaho State Penitentiary

Boise

Built in 1872 by the inmates themselves, the Idaho State Penitentiary is complete with eerie gothic architecture, ominous watchtowers, and barbed wire fencing. Despite some buildings being burned and damaged by riots in the 1970s, the stories of over a century of notorious and dangerous criminals remain. Open year-round, the Old Idaho Penitentiary visitors can capture well-preserved points of interest, including solitary confinement, cell blocks, gallows, and war memorabilia on display. Visit today and learn about the Idaho Pennitietery's exciting past full of bold escapes, controversial rumors, and executions.

The Pennitiery also serves as a crucial educational resource center with access to cultural and historical information from the Idaho State Historical Museum, State Archives, State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Sites Program under one roof. Run by the Idaho State Historical Society, involved members seek to inspire, enrich and engage the community by prioritizing preservation, communication, and educating the future generation.

Hours:

Monday through Sunday from 12pm - 4pm

Admission:

General $6

Children (3-15) $5

Group Tour Rates Available

Programs & Events:

Guided Tours, Family Second Saturdays, Camps, GEM High School Internship

Program at the Idaho State Museum, Workshops, Field Trips, Paranormal

Investigations, Captivating Conversations, Frightened Felons XII, Night Tours, $1 Day, Romancing the Pen, Cemetery Tours, Dennis the, Cat Day, Gingerfest VI, Yoga in the Yard III, Sleepless in Stripes IV

* As always, please verify information prior to heading to the museum for the most recent times, prices, and verify any changes that may have occurred. 

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