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Basque Museum & Cultural Center

Address: 611 Grove Street, Boise, ID 83702
Phone Number: 208-343-2671
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Ranked #14 of 71 Attractions in Boise
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Contains exhibits and collections that provide a look at the Basque heritage, history and culture.
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: Contains exhibits and collections that provide a look at the Basque heritage, history and culture.

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Issaquah, Washington, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A spontaneous visit with a sulky 13 year old and just me. We left very impressed! Great presentation of the little known history of the Basque people and their impact on the US and the Northwest. We both learned a lot and really enjoyed the exploration. Make sure you do the tour of the boarding house.

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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were able to see the museum, and the boarding house next door, for free during the First Thursday event. The best part: the group of Basque musicians that were playing accordion, that was great to see!

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Meridian, Idaho
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

What a treat to learn about the Basque people in Boise and the surrounding areas. I saw an add to attend a program titled "Basque 101" which was conducted prior to the local festival. The idea was to inform others what the Basque culture is and allow attendees to the festival to better enjoy the experience. There was a brief... More 

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Idaho
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This place is fun to visit. Very interesting. The people were friendly and inviting. This is a must-see when in Boise!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A small museum but presents interesting info about an ethnic group that we Americans know very little about -- the Basques of Spain -- and how a number of Basque emigrated to the US and found their way to Idaho, and how they have strived to retain their culture. Good for anyone interested in these sorts of things.

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USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Who would have thought we would find a small thriving Basque population in downtown Boise. We toured the informative museum, tracing the Basque migration from Spain to the Eastern states to the West, following the sheep, and the vineyards. We enjoyed a delicious Basque lunch at an authentic Basque restaurant across the street.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Hurrah! Fate had us in Boise during the time of the Basque Festival and it was fun! We enjoyed the Basque part of town, watched dances, watched them cook paella in huge, and I mean huge pans. You could buy a serving of paella and they piled it onto plates. We watched the dancers, enjoyed the music, and loved getting... More 

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USA
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356 reviews 356 reviews
110 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have tremendous respect for the Basque, but if your not into it then don't bother. There are a few restaurants in the area. Museum is small but informative.

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Cosmopolis, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We enjoyed this museum, and learned a lot of history that was left out of our history books. This is not a large museum, and you need to read as you go through, but it is well worth the time.

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san diego
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A fascinating glimpse of a little known group of immigrants to America. Small museum but very well done

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