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Basque Museum & Cultural Center

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Address: 611 Grove Street, Boise, ID 83702
Phone Number: 208-343-2671
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Description: Contains exhibits and collections that provide a look at the Basque...
Contains exhibits and collections that provide a look at the Basque heritage, history and culture.
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Basque in Boise

Small but interesting history of the Basque culture in Boise. Cute gift shop with helpful clerks. Beautiful neighborhood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Small but interesting history of the Basque culture in Boise. Cute gift shop with helpful clerks. Beautiful neighborhood.

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Sweet Home, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Interesting information and local history about the Basque people. An amazingly resilient cultural group that like many are spread throughout the world.

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Phoenix
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

For someone who never knew anything about Basque culture, this was a fascinating place. Yet it was equally fascinating to my friend who's lived among Basque families for years, which means there won't likely be anyone who can't find something enjoyable here. The old portraits and actual shepherd's hut on display were moving, the video of a 90-something woman describing... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

it is well worth the time and small fee to learn a bit about this rich heritage we spent several hours exploring the museum and the boarding house + souvenir shop + Basque restaurants to the dismay of our waist lines :(

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Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were there during the huge Jaialdi (Basque Festival). This is a very, very well-informative museum about the Basques, and by the time you are done you can just feel the pride in this fascinating culture. The gift shop is well-stocked with all kinds of goodies. Though I'm not Basque, I do wear a lot of berets during the winter,... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

At first I thought the building looked small. Not at all. They have a wonderful exhibit of Basque history and culture both from the Basque Country and the diaspora in the United States. I learned a lot about the boarding houses. They have a great photography collection. The information on dances and sports is truly magnificent. It is a great... More 

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Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We didn't have time to go into the museum itself but stopped in the gift shop to pick up a couple souvenirs. The selection in this tiny space was impressive, including a nice assortment of books on Basque culture and several cookbooks. Also lots of stickers, tee shirts, key chains, and the usual sort of souvenir-ey thing-a-majigs

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Lutz, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It is amazing to learn all of the history of the Basque culture here in boise and Why the connection. The tour is a walking tour and is just a pleasure. I would say overall its about an hour long but moves quickly. Stay and get some food at a nearby Basque restaurant you won't be disappointed.

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Chula Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

For the price I was disappointed. But did learn about these people and what they did here in the USA. They have a tour of the boarding house next door, that was interesting, that was worth it, but the museum seems to still be under construction.

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Asheville, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I did not even know Basques had a cultural,identity in the U.S., much less that Boise is kind of Basque headquarters since it has such a ,large community here. The museum is small but informative, I learned everything I need to know . The area of the museum is replete with Basque restaurants that serve tasty food at food prices.

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