Southeast Idaho Museum Tour

 

Driving Map to Museums

Buffalo skeleton at Idaho Museum of Natural History

The Idaho Museum of Natural History
Idaho’s Natural History: Don’t just see it, experience it! Visitors will discover dinosaurs, ice-age mammals, how to live off the land, and more. They can also experience science hands-on in the Discovery Room! Collections in anthropology, vertebrate paleontology, earth science, and the life sciences. Educational classes for children, families, and adults provide more in-depth exploration of the natural history of Idaho.
5th Ave and Dillon St, Pocatello ID 83209
(208) 282-3317

Museum of Clean
The theme, purpose, and value of the museum is to sell the public on the value of clean. Cleaning efforts over the centuries will be chronicled through displays, demonstrations, and even dramatized in a cleaning melodrama. Items dating back more than 2000 years, along with an amazing collection of pre-electric vacuums, are part of the collection.
702 S. 1st Ave, Pocatello ID 83201
(208) 232-3535 or (888) 748-3535

Oregon California Trail Center

National Oregon/California Trail Center
Learn more about the historical migration across America of more than a half-million people who traveled to the Willamette Valley in Oregon in search of farmland and others who left the Oregon Trail for California in search of gold.

The Rails and Trails Museum within the Oregon Trail Center displays artifacts, diaries and relics of the pioneers of Bear Lake Valley including railroad memorabilia.
320 North 4th Street, Montpelier ID 83254
(208) 847-3800 or (866) 847-3800

Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello Idaho

Fort Hall Replica & Frontier Town
A trip to the Fort Hall Replica takes you back to the 19th Century world of explorers, trappers, fur traders, Native Americans, pioneers, gold seekers, and common folk. It displays of period lifestyle and replicates one of the northwest’s earliest fur trading forts. It tells the story of American history when a young nation full of adventure and wanting new lands began the trek Westward migration that any nation had known.
Upper Ross Park in Pocatello. (877) 922-7659  (208) 235-7659

Bannock County Historical Museum

See website for hours and rates

The Bannock County Historical Museum
Houses exhibits, objects, and records relating to Bannock County and Pocatello's history.  Exhibit themes include railroad history, early medical practices, general store, the military, Victorian era parlor, Buddhist Shrine, early photography studio, Prohibition era police evidence, early fire-fighting, local printing history, historic ranching and farming tools, a Holladay Overland Stage Company stagecoach, horse tack, Shoshoni and Bannock ethnographic photographs and objects, local archaeological specimens, our unique donor wall, a research archive, and much more!  The Museum was built as part of Idaho's Centennial Celebration in 1990. It operates under the direction of the Bannock County Historical Society with support from Bannock County. 

The IMNH is now offering monthly events. See dates, descriptions, and buy tickets at: 

Behind The Scenes Tours & Extraordinary Evenings

Hours:
Summer: Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Winter: Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Closed holidays.
Upper Ross Park, at 3000 Alvord Loop, Pocatello
(208) 233-0434

Franklin Idaho Relic Hall

Franklin Idaho Relic Hall
The only state owned museum outside of Boise. Built in 1937, it houses many of the relics brought into Franklin or acquired by the Pioneers, including an extensive photo collection.The town of Franklin was founded in the spring of 1860 by Mormon pioneers moving north through the Cache Valley of Utah. Sixty-one families built small cabins along the Cub River (at that time called the Muddy River) and commenced farming.
Main Street in Franklin ID 83237 (208) 646-2309

Ender's Hotel Museum in Soda Springs

Enders Hotel Museum & Geyser Park Visitor Center
Historical artifacts and antiques are on display next door at the Enders Hotel Museum.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features 30 rooms.
The history of Soda Springs and Caribou County is portrayed on picture boards in the Geyser Park Visitor Center.
76 South Main, Soda Springs, Idaho - (208) 547-4980

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
Main Street in Soda Springs ID 83276 - (208) 547-3706
The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers built this museum in 1983.  It features antiques, photographs, and books depicting local history.

Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum

Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum
Step into the past with a visit to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum. This museum is dedicated to those kind and generous people in our community who see a real need to tell our story from our point of view. With old photographs, displays and exhibits you will have a chance to learn how the Shoshone-Bannock people lived and settled the area around eastern Idaho.
Exit 80 off I-15Fort Hall ID 83203
(208)237-8433  Toll Free: 1-800-806-9229

Oneida County Pioneer Museum

Oneida County Pioneer Museum
The building housing the museum was built in 1914 by R.B. Davis and was used as a Drug Store for many years. The original pressed-tin ceiling and the original safe are still in good condition and are interesting features of the Oneida Pioneer Museum.
27 Bannock Street Malad Idaho
208-766-4847
Hours:  Tues-Sat 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment
Admission is Free- Donations Accepted

Massacre Rock State Park Visitor's Center

Massacre Rock State Park Visitor's Center
Massacre Rocks State Park is one of the Historic Areas operated by the State of Idaho to remind visitors of the march of history through the state. The park has stories to tell which date back to times best described in geologic terms.
10 miles west of American Falls, (off I-86)
Mailing Address: 3592 N. Park Lane, American Falls, ID 83211
Phone: 208-548-2672

Old photo of Lava Hot Springs

The South Bannock County Historical Center
in Lava Hot Springs acts to preserve the heritage of the area.
Offers both permanent and rotating exhibits about the history of the Lava Hot Springs area and the communities of Arimo, Inkom, Downey, McCammon, Virginia and Swan Lake.
Open daily from noon to 5:00 p. m. and after hours by appointment. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. 110 E. Main St., Lava Hot Springs ID 83246
(208) 776-5254
Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot Idaho Idaho Potato Museum
Located in the historic Oregon Short Line Railroad Depot you’ll discover the world of Idaho’s Famous Potatoes®. A free box of Idaho Hash Brown Potatoes is given as a gift to each adult visitor. Children receive a postcard and potato pin. Potato Gift Shop, RV Parking available, outdoor park for picnicking.
130 NW Main St., Blackfoot ID 83221 (208) 785-2517

Bingham County Historical Museum

Bingham County Historical Museum
On the outside, this 15 room mansion resembles a southern plantation home. On the inside, it houses an historic collection of classic dolls and Native American artifacts. Wood and iron Victorian ornamentation adds to the building's interest. Guided tours are available. Open Wed. - Fri., 1pm - 4:30pm
190 N. Shilling, Blackfoot, ID 83221  (208) 785-9906
Paris Tabernacle in Paris Idaho Paris Historical Museum
The museum displays local history artifacts and is located directly across the street from the Paris LDS Tabernacle in Paris, Idaho.
Mid-town on west side of U.S. Highway 89, Paris, Idaho
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:30 am to 5 pm.

345 Main Street
Paris ID 83261
(208) 945-9606

Georgetown Relief Society Hall

Georgetown Relief Society Hall
161 Third NW Street
Georgetown, ID
This small pioneer building is over 125 years old and in its early days functioned as a school, local chapel, and meeting hall. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Georgetown’s early settlement, it functioned as a local chapel, schoolhouse and general meeting hall. For many years it was a focal point for the female society of this small community.

More Southeast History Websites

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Idaho State Historical Society
Idaho Historical Markers from Untraveled Road
Caribou County Historical Markers from Untraveled Road
Franklin County Historical Markers from Untraveled Road
Historical Byways
National Register of Historic Places

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