Museums in Idaho

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  • Visitors are often surprised at the wealth of things to do in Idaho's Capital, Boise. In addition to all the fantastic outdoor recreation, our state and our largest city have much to offer. The Boise Art Museum, the State Historical Museum, the Black History Museum, and the Discovery Center of Idaho are all located in or bordering Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise. You can spend an entire day exploring the park, walking the greenbelt, and visiting these diverse museums. At the art museum, you'll find local artists as well as nationally touring exhibits. The Historical Museum tells our story. And the Black History Museum fills in some of the holes in that story. The Discovery Center will expand your scientific understanding of your world.

    Across the street you will find the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and Education Center. Inspirational quotes and designs make this outdoor monument to the human spirit a must-see.

    A few blocks away, the Basque Center depicts the history of the largest Basque population outside of Europe.

    And a few blocks further takes you to the Idaho Capitol, a stunningly restored architectural and historical piece in itself, but filled with exhibits indoors as well.

    Drive down the road to find the Old Idaho Penitentiary and take a tour. The docents there really know how to tell a story. On your way back into downtown, stop at the MK Nature Center to learn about the wildlife of Idaho.

    The Warhawk Air Museum will require a short drive, but for the airplane and war history buffs in the group, you will not regret it. Little boys have hatched careers gazing upon the historical planes displayed here.

    There are plenty of museums to pique your need to know more, so take a break from the white water rafting or the mountain climbing and step inside to make your visit to Idaho complete.

    Boise Art Museum

    670 Julia Davis Drive

    World Class Art in an Intimate Setting... read more

    Old Idaho Penitentiary Site

    2445 Old Penitentiary Road

    Haunted by History... read more

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    Discovery Center of Idaho

    131 West Myrtle Street

    A Science Center for Kids of All Ages... read more

    Warhawk Air Museum

    201 Municipal Drive

    WWII aircraft on display... read more

    Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center

    600 South Walnut Street

    Explore Living River Waters... read more

    Idaho Black History Museum

    508 Julia Davis Drive
    (Julia Davis Park)

    Celebrating Idaho's African-American Culture...
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    Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

    777 S. 8th Street,

    A Tribute to Human Rights... read more

    Basque Museum & Cultural Center

    611 Grove Street

    Explore Basque Culture... read more

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    Capitol Building

    700 W Jefferson St

    Stunning Restored Beauty... read more

    Idaho State Historical Museum

    610 North Julia Davis Drive

    Discover Idaho's History... read more
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