Who doesn’t love spending a day at a museum?
There’s always so much learn and see and discover that museums are lots of fun. But if you think museums are only for history or art, think again. There are all sorts of exciting specialty museums across America that cover pretty much any topic you can imagine.
And one state that you might not think of actually has a bunch of cool museums. Want to take a guess?
That’s right, Idaho.
Idaho’s museums are varied and interesting. You can explore classic art and history or learn more about everything from nuclear reactors to potatoes.
In this post, we’re going to share some of the best museums to visit in Idaho. You’re going to love them!
Idaho Potato Museum
Idaho is pretty much synonymous with the potato in many parts of the world and for a good reason. The Idaho Potato Museum takes you behind the scenes and explains why Idaho is the perfect place for growing potatoes plus you’ll learn about the history of the industry, and maybe get a sample or two.
The Museum of Clean
Are you in Idaho with your family? Then you’ve got to take them to the Museum of Clean. It’s the perfect kid-friendly museum that encourages good ‘clean’ fun. Explore exhibits which range from vacuum cleaners to military helmets and toilets. And kids visiting the Old City can pretend to live life as a chimney sweep!
Basque Museum & Cultural Center
Boise is home to a thriving population of people from the Basque region of Spain. The Basque Museum & Cultural Center is more like a small neighborhood block you can wander and learn about the history and culture of the Basque people. And, as a bonus, there is a small shop inside where you can purchase Basque specialties.
Old Idaho Penitentiary Museum
Back when it was known as the Wild West, famous outlaws roamed the outposts and plains. So when they were caught by the local Sheriffs, they had to be housed somewhere for trials. That place was the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Today, it’s been turned into a museum that you can tour.
Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 (EBR-I) Atomic Museum
Want to check out a nuclear reactor up close? You can do that at the ERB-1 Atomic Musem. Run by the Idaho National Laboratory, it’s open seven days a week and has free admission. Once inside, you can go on a self-guided tour through the reactors and learn how they work.
National Oregon/California Trail Center
If you’re a Millenial of a certain age, it’s a pretty good bet you grew up playing a game called the Oregon Trail. You can catch the real-life trail at the National Oregon/California Trail Center. Here, you can take a living history tour that will show you what life was like for the pioneers who undertook this 2,000-mile journey west!
Visit all of these museums in Idaho you’re going to have more than a few fantastic stories to share once you return home. Idaho is a growing hot spot for tourism, so you don’t want to miss out on your own adventure!