Inside Museums: Idaho State Historical Museum - Boise, ID


This summer, as John's travels with The Antiques Roadshow send him around the country, we'll be highlighting some findings from museums along the way.

Last month, John stopped in Boise, Idaho, home of the Boise Idaho Historical Museum. Located in the Boise Julia Davis Park, the museum was the first in Idaho and one of the first western museums to be accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1972. Collections include artifacts and interactive exhibits on Idaho’s past that prove fun for all ages. Just ask John.

How do you like your Idaho Potato? 

A darker moment in the states history is also alluded to through the inclusion of the door from the Weaver’s northern Idaho cabin on Ruby Ridge. Now infamous as the site of the deadly confrontation between US Marshalls and FBI Agents against Randy Weaver and his family.


Door from the Ruby Ridge Cabin

The museum includes other permanent exhibits including an exploration with Lewis and Clark, journey to Gold Mountain, and a walk through Pioneer Village.

Next stop on the museum trail, we’ll take you through The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. Stay tuned…