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Museum of Idaho

200 North Eastern Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402-4029
+1 208-522-1400
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Idaho Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Imagine an encounter with giant dinosaurs, the fascination of seeing the actual artifacts of the first explorers to conquer the South Pole 100 years... more » Owner description: Imagine an encounter with giant dinosaurs, the fascination of seeing the actual artifacts of the first explorers to conquer the South Pole 100 years ago, or the allure of creatures that can create their own light. At the Museum of Idaho, you can surround yourself with these wonders of the world. The Museum of Idaho is the intermountain west's premier museum in providing nationally and internationally acclaimed exhibits to the surrounding areas. Showcasing both traveling and permanent exhibits, we are dedicated to preserving and educating the public in the sciences, the humanities, and the natural and cultural history. RACE TO THE END OF THE EARTH Jan. 31 - Sep. 1, 2014 The Museum of Idaho is proud to be the 5th museum in the world to host this exhibition, which recounts one of the most stirring tales of Antarctic exploration. Filled with triumph and tragedy, this story chronicles the epic journey of two competing teams in their quest to be the first to reach the South Pole. GLOW: LIVING LIGHTS Sep. 26 - Nov. 29, 2014 Have you ever wondered how strange sea creatures light up the ocean? Or what makes a firefly glow? This family-friendly exhibition dives deep into the darkest corners of our earth to shed some light on this fascinating phenomena which allows creatures to produce light for communicating, camouflage, attracting prey, and for other reasons scientists still don't understand. OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS AND WINTER FESTIVALS: Dec. 12, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 *Dates subject to change. Please call the front desk to verify* FREE to the public the Museum of Idaho, the city of Idaho Falls, and the Interfaith Council are proud to announce the 7th annual Olde Fashioned Christmas and Winter Festivals presented by Chesbro Music Co. We feature a new addition each year along with your traditional favorites including nativity scenes from around the world, a collection of Santa Claus figurines, gingerbread houses, beautifully decorated trees, and also a celebration of other winter festivals--one of which highlight's Germany's celebration of Christmas. Along with Live Christmas music from 4pm-close every evening, special appearances from Santa Claus, there is also a canned food drive benefiting the local Idaho Falls Food bank. Don't forget to write your letters to Santa and put them in our Santa Claus Special Delivery Mailbox located in front of the museum. Kick off the holiday season by attending the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 11. For more information about our tree lighting ceremony please contact the front desk. « less
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Sirmione, Italy
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

They are advertising a guitar exhibit from June 6th through November 30th (no year indicated) on a large billboard at the entrance to my hometown. Because of my keen interest in all things guitar, we decided to make the 4 hour trip to see it. Upon arrival we were told by a lady at the entrance to the museum that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had read some of expedition experiences an was impressed by the sets. They made the reading I had done come alive. Also many things I had not read about the local creatures made a well rounded picture.

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henderson, Nv
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28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

When we visited, the rotating exhibit was the race to the south pole. As we were very familiar with this since we have seen documentaries on PBS etc., it was not that great for us. However, if you are not familiar with this Topic, it is very interesting and VERY well done. The exhibits that are always there are quite... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Every time I visit Idaho Falls, I go to this museum. The exhibits are always outstanding. I've seen Bodies, a guitar exhibit, and this most recent one - Race to the Pole. All are very organized. Admission is not a huge expense, making it a very pleasurable experience. Great attraction in Idaho Falls!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Highly recommended if you have a spare couple of hours. Great exhibits. We were there during the Race to the Pole Exhibit, which was very interesting. No photos are allowed in the exhibit, everywhere else is okay. They offer military discounts. Free parking.

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Boise, Idaho
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This Museum has traveling exhibits that are outstanding! Watch their website for their schedule. Would recommend it!

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I really like the variety of exhibits that the museum has. The staff is very friendly and professional. I've heard a rumor that a pirates exhibit is in the near future and that sounds fun!

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Festus, Missouri
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a "top of the line" exhibition, usually reserved for large venues. The Museum of Idaho, in Idaho Falls, was very fortunate to procure this outstanding exhibit! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour. Get it while it's hot!

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

GO GO GO!!! The presentation at the Museum of Idaho are FANTASTIC! For a town the size of Idaho Falls we get some of the best presentations. The current event about the Artic Explorers is only in two cities in the USA. If you are taking a break before heading on to Jackson or Yellowstone this is your best bet.... More

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Menan, I
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have seen several exhibits at the Museum of Idaho. My favorite is the permanent exhibit of Idaho History and culture. It's also nice that they continue to update and offer new exhibits. It has been educational for us to take our children and grandchildren to the museum. My only complaint is the cost. It has not been very busy... More

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