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Museum of Idaho

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Address: 200 North Eastern Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402-4029
Phone Number: +1 208-522-1400
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Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Imagine an encounter with giant dinosaurs, the fascination of seeing the...
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.
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The Pirate Exhibit

Very interesting. Monday early morning. No school buses in parking lot. Wahoo. If you are a regular to the Museum of Idaho I think you know what I am referring to. This place is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Dietrich, Idaho
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Dietrich, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very interesting. Monday early morning. No school buses in parking lot. Wahoo. If you are a regular to the Museum of Idaho I think you know what I am referring to. This place is a real gem, some of the more interesting touring exhibits King Tut, Race to the South Pole and this one about the Pirate ship Whydah. The... More 

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Franklin Square, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We love stopping at local museums to get a feel for the local area. This museum has one major exhibit very nicely curated in a beautiful display, and a permanent section on Idaho Falls. Nice stop.

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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The museum had a Pirates exhibition and was very informative and intriguing. We enjoyed it thoroughly and also enjoyed the history of Idaho Falls in the other area of the museum.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This museum always has big exhibits that are in major cities. Currently they have Pirates and it is full of actual artifacts recovered from shipwrecks. The volunteer docents are amazing. They always have extensive knowledge of the current exhibit and are very willing to talk to you and help you.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Very interesting information about pirates from the National Geographic. We learned a lot. The local museum area was interesting and presented well.

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Dickinson, North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We attended the pirate exhibit last weekend. It was a bit deceiving as the posters and decorations looked like it would be a kid friendly exhibit. It turned out the it was mainly relics locked in displays that they did not want touched. Overall the building and facility is very nice and modern.

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ashton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We went and saw Pirates and we were so impressed! It was so well done and we learned so much. For a small town museum, they have some top rate exhibits. It's definitely a fun thing to do as a family.

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Kansas City Area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I think the adults in our family liked the Museum, but the pirate exhibit that is there currently scared our 9 year old to death! The video of the shipwreck, complete with flashing lightening and sound effects was cool for most of us, but scary for the little one. The pirate story and artifacts from a shipwreck were interesting. We... More 

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Mount Dora, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I have driven past this museum for many years. This summer we were entertaining our young grandson and decided to explore the Pirate Display. Although fairly contained, there were some very interesting displays. There was an abundance of information, and things were arranged in a most attractive manner. I was very disappointed that I had not visited this museum We... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Fun times with family and friends, although it is not the biggest museum out there, we still loved the time we had. Will be back.

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