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Museum of Idaho

Address: 200 North Eastern Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402-4029
Phone Number: +1 208-522-1400
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Idaho Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Imagine an encounter with giant dinosaurs, the fascination of seeing the actual artifacts of the...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

For a small museum the Museum of Idaho has had some exceptional exhibitions which I have ready enjoyed. One of the things that I have appreciated in most of the exhibits has been the fact that you have something in the exhibit which appeals to all different age groups. One recent one that I attended was the Carousel Art. It... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I was truly disappointed. I called the Museum of Idaho and they said they have lots of jellyfish. I call them Jellies. I got down paid to go in and it was only pictures of Jellyfish. I walked back said I wanted my money back and the woman was snooty, and said what did you expect this is Idaho Falls,... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have been to several exhibits at this museum, the only one I did not like was The Living Lights Glow. It was not very entertaining, I loved the rest of the museum though ! I am looking forward to more exhibits like the Titanic and a the dinosaur exhibits.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Museum of Idaho has hosted some truly outstanding exhibits. One of the most recent, "Guitars" was reviewed favorably by the New York Times. In addition to the excellent traveling exhibits, there is also a local historical museum. A local architect firm did a wonderful job of combining the former Masonic Hall with the former city library (a Carnegie) to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

The Living Lights Glow was really disappointing. It was not fun, nor enticing, and I found it quite the waste of money. I usually love the exhibits, but this one had no interaction, just boring facts. So, thus time I was disappointed, and I reccomend not going to the Glow exhibit. Otherwise, the meuseum is usually fun!

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This museum does a great job bringing in really incredible events. The permanent displays are nice, but the displays they bring in for such a small town is amazing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Glow Living Lights exhibition is far below the standard of exhibits I am used to seeing at this museum. The regular exhibit is interesting to a first time visitor.

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Denver, North Carolina, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I loved this museum. Easy to follow the attractions. Loved Idaho Falls. The ride from Boise, Idaho which was where I was vacationing was up the canyon with beautiful scenery. Unfortunately they were repairing the road so we had to stop on the way up and the way down. The wait was about 20-30 minutes then you followed the lead... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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145 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We had this museum on our list but our timing was off. The very nice lady there explained that they were currently "between exhibits" and the new one was still in the construction phase. Closed.

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We drove 100 miles to go to this museum because of good reviews. When we got there a woman at the front desk informed us that they were closed because they had ended their temporary exhibit and were packing it up. I told her that was fine as we were there to see the exhibits about Idaho history anyway. Nope,... More 

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