Museum of Idaho

Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls: Hours, Address, Museum of Idaho Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Idaho
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Gem State's premier history and science center, immersing visitors in interactive exhibits on Idaho's cultural and ecological history, alongside world-class traveling exhibits, a children's discovery room, and a full calendar of programs and events for all ages. In summer 2022, step into the kingdom and enjoy "Genghis Khan: Conquest and Culture," featuring 200+ authentic artifacts from the Mongol Empire, interactive character stories, and daily live performances of breathtaking, centuries-old Mongolian music. Visit our website to learn more and plan your visit.
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George T
Mount Laurel, NJ426 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a meaningful place to visit with a lot of really great exhibits. I am well-travelled, but never have seen many of the the exhibits that they have. It is a really good place to learn about Eastern and Northern Idaho, it's history, and the human and mining stories. They also have a gallery of superbly displayed sea creatures as well as land mammals. The prices are reasonable and they accept AAA.
Written September 26, 2021
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travelfromIdaho
Boise, ID248 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We went to the dinosaur exhibit with our 3 teenagers. The exhibit is fairly large and the displays are better than normal. It was fun and engaging for our teenagers and my wife and I. We spent a couple of hours at the museum and unfortunately some of their Idaho exhibits are currently closed due to setting up new exhibitions. And look forward to seen the new exhibits and will go back. Top notch museum and better than expected.
Written July 13, 2020
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Ahems
Meridian, ID1,817 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We work in Idaho Falls 3 times a year and go to the museum for every new display. What a hidden gem, phenomenal staff and great volunteers. They truly are a high point of culture. Simply put...a must do when in Idaho Falls.
Written February 19, 2020
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Christine R
Logan, UT235 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The traveling exhibits here are awesome. The one with Animals inside and out is fantastic! I've been several times and it never gets old. The Idaho history part is interesting the first time or two that you see it but it looks it's interest quickly.
Written July 23, 2021
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Mr L
Idaho Falls, ID1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
Saturday we visited the Museum of Idaho. Over the years we have really enjoyed the museum and have been members at least 15 years supporting it. Saturday while visiting the Museum of Idaho we found on the upstairs floor that they had added what I would describe as a “social justice” section. The level of propaganda was disturbing. The section seems to be dedicated to showing that Idaho and her residents have been and continue to be backwoods bigots. For example one display talked about how Idaho has a history of disproportionately incarcerating minorities with no supporting data nor context as to crime rates etc. Another display showed a swastika flag and talked about how Idaho has prevalent symbols, hand signs etc showing racism and white supremacy. I have never seen any such thing nor has anyone I know seen such things. The final display I remember talked about how terrible Idaho is for passing laws that don’t allow transgenders to compete in sports. No such law exists. Anyone can complete according to their biological sex.
If they want to have a political propaganda section, I do not want our tax dollars supporting it or I’d like to have at least a rebuttal to each display which I could write in about 10 minutes.
The most disturbing aspect of this is that we use the museum to educate school children and now they can be indoctrinated. My son had previously visited the museum and we had no idea this propaganda was on display.
We have chosen to not continue our membership at this time.
I have contacted the museum and other outlets to voice my concerns.
Written October 25, 2021
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Chitarrone
Mountain Home, ID29 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
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 the exhibit closed LAST YEAR on Nov. 30th. I asked her why then the billboard advertisement at the entrance to my hometown has not been taken down. She responded with, "it should have been taken down." Furthermore, she stated that there are no exhibits to see today because they are between exhibits. UNBELIEVABLE! A museum that simply shuts the doors whenever they choose and takes no responsibility for false advertisement should not be in business. I will never return to this museum. Having lived in Idaho for the past 12 years, I must say that I shouldn't be surprised. This state reeks mediocrity and carelessness.
Written September 3, 2014
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hydrostaticman
Idaho Falls, ID61 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
I went for the Rome exhibit it was really neat I took my daughter who was fascinated by it. I got her a cool shirt in the gift shop. It was really cheap to. the parking could be better but we managed.
Written March 13, 2017
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Jan A
Idaho Falls, ID2 contributions
May 2015 • Family
Museum of Idaho is excellent. It is a stand alone museum, no university, state or city funding; and is run 95% by sponsors, donors and volunteers. It is two museums in one, 'Real Pirates' traveling exhibit, and a permanent local historical exhibit.
Written June 5, 2015
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Judy H
Bradford, PA195 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
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, apparently when the traveling exhibit closes you can't see anything, anywhere. So, if you're going, make sure you call to see if they are open no matter what their posted hours are.
Written September 28, 2014
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Randy T
Fort Worth, TX40 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Great museum. Friendly staff and they rotate the exhibits periodically to make it new. Well worth a visit if you're in Idaho Falls.
Written August 9, 2018
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Museum of Idaho is open:
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