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Address: 610 E Julia Davis Dr, Temporary Location, Boise, ID 83702-7646
Phone Number: 208 334 2120
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Very nice historical center for Idaho history

Abutting the Julia Davis Park, The Discovery Center, and the Boise City Zoo, this museum features rich displays covering the history of the city of Boise as well as the State. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Boise, Idaho
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Boise, Idaho
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Abutting the Julia Davis Park, The Discovery Center, and the Boise City Zoo, this museum features rich displays covering the history of the city of Boise as well as the State. The displays are well thought out and filled with lots of information regarding the displays. There is ample parking, as it shares parking lots with the Park. Entry price... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Really wanted to see the two headed calf but arrived on a Saturday. The museum is closed on weekends. Very disappointing. Surely a lot of tourists miss out??

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Meridian, Idaho
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I have been to this museum twice. The layout is really good. Exhibits are interesting. Lots of information.

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Boise, Idaho
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

An historic retrospect of living in early Idaho from the beginning of it's culture and all the decades of evolving into a place the whole family will enjoy. Awesome and time well spent.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Delightful afternoon spent walking outside in beautiful Julia Davis Park. Lots of entertainment at the Bandshell with Marimba, Irish dance, Chinese dancers, Ballet Folklorico performing, and Ellie Shaw singing great 1950's swing-era jazz. There was Jousting and Armored-men matches. Strolling historic-dressed characters such as Ben Franklin and Davy Crockett. Tents with historic dress from Medieval, Colonial and early Idaho settlers.... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

When we were in Boise we went to the Idaho Historical Museum, but discovered it was going through renovation. We did get to see some of the outside exhibts. At the Idaho History Society Adminstration Office Building, which is by the Old Penitentiary area of Idaho, they did have a free and excellent exhibit to see there on President Abraham... More 

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Wilder, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

Always enjoy spending time in a museum...large variety of nice exhibits...been here s couple of times before...nice to stop by occasionly

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Payson, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The presentation of artifacts in this museum was very well-done. They have areas set up like a saloon, parlor, school, etc.

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Smyrna, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

For $5 you can learn quite a bit about the history of Boise and Idaho. This museum is your typical state history museum and as such is enjoyable and educational. It is located next to the art museum and rose garden in a park setting.

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Kingston
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a satisfying museum for both adults and children. Adults will admire the huge beautiful saloon, find it interesting to look at home furnishings from homes in the past and appreciate learning about the impressive explorations of Lewis and Clark. Who knew that they were accompanied by explorers from Hawaii?? Children will enjoy dressing up as explorers or as... More 

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