History Attractions in Idaho



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  • Idaho's history begins with the Nez Perce and Shoshone Indians who were here before fur traders and military cavalries arrived. The Lewis and Clark expedition, then miners, ranchers, and soon pioneers along the Oregon Trail. You can still walk in the ruts of the Oregon Trail, see the mining towns that rose and fell just as fast, and walk right past the first building in Boise. These ten best historic museums and sites will take you back through those days of the wild west up through mining, wars, and the cultures of the Basque people and the history of African Americans in Idaho.

    Basque Museum & Cultural Center

    611 Grove Street

    Explore Basque Culture... read more

    Boise Train Depot

    2603 West Eastover Terrace

    Historic Depot with Valley Views... read more

    Idaho Black History Museum

    508 Julia Davis Drive
    (Julia Davis Park)

    Celebrating Idaho's African-American Culture...
    read more

    Idaho Military History Museum

    4748 Lindberg Street
    Building 924

    Experience Idaho's Military Contribution... read more

    Idaho State Historical Museum

    610 North Julia Davis Drive

    Discover Idaho's History... read more

    Museum of Mining & Geology

    2455 Old Penitentary Road

    Discover Idaho's Colorful Mining Days... read more

    expert pick

    Old Fort Boise

    Old Fort Boise Road

    The Original Fort Boise... read more

    Old Idaho State Penitentiary

    2445 Old Penitentiary Road

    Tour an Old Frontier Prison... read more

    Pioneer Village

    610 North Julia Davis Drive

    Visit Boise's First Dwellings... read more

    U.S. Assay Office

    210 West Main Street

    Once Housed $75 Million... read more
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