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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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The real way to experience a unique culture

Take a little time and enjoy this step into the basque culture. You cannot visit this part of Idaho (or be a native here) without familiarizing yourself in such a thorough way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Idaho
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Take a little time and enjoy this step into the basque culture. You cannot visit this part of Idaho (or be a native here) without familiarizing yourself in such a thorough way about the basque culture. This museum is just the right size, an amazing low price and full of amazing information. Great for children and adults.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were lucky enough to be in Boise on the first Thursday of February, and we got to partake in all the offerings of the museum for free. It was absolutely wonderful! I for one had absolutely no idea about the Basque heritage in the Boise area, so it was an incredible learning experience. Additionally, the tour of the boarding... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

With the largest Basque population outside the Basque homeland, Boise is the perfect location to house a museum featuring many historical pieces telling the pastoral herding story of this people.

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Issaquah, Washington, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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San Luis Obispo, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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51 reviews 51 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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