Most people visit Idaho because they know it is a beautiful state – there are mountain ranges, lakes, and many other areas of natural beauty. But if you’re just visiting Idaho for the natural beauty then you’re missing out on a lot – including its incredible range of museums. A pocket guide to the best museums in Idaho.Here is the best place to visit with your kids if you like art, and if you like the outdoors.
Today, we are going to give you a quick guide to the best place to visit with your kids, if you like art, and if you like the outdoors.
To Visit with Children
If you are trying to find something to do with the kids in Idaho then you need to visit these two locations.
ARTitorium on Broadway, Idaho Falls
If your kids love making things (and messes) then visiting the ARTitorium will make them so happy. The team there is so passionate about what they do and everyone in your family will leave loving art even more than they did when they arrived at the ARTitorium.
Crystal Gold Mine, Kellogg
There is nothing more exciting to children than being able to learn about and experience history in a hands-on way. Crystal Gold Mine will not only teach you about the lives of gold miners but you will also be able to pan for your gold yourself.
To Visit for the Art
There are so many amazing museums in the state of Idaho that we can’t mention them all today. Idaho offers botanical museums, historical museums, and interactive museums. But it also has a great selection of art museums as well.
If you only have time to visit two museums then you should make time to attend these two.
The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls
Would you believe us if we told you there was a world-class museum in Idaho Falls that will cost you under $5 per person to get in? Well, it’s true and we are talking about The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho.
They have 4 permanent exhibits, an interactive art exhibit for children, and at least one space for touring exhibits. This museum sits at the heart of a bustling artistic community. They regularly host classes, local exhibits, and even have poetry nights where everyone is welcome.
If you love the arts – don’t miss this location.
Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls
This museum offers a little bit of everything – so it is a great place to take a family that has varied interests. They have art, history, music, and more.
However, our favorite thing about the Museum of Idaho is the touring art exhibits that they have come to visit. While the Museum may be on the smaller side, it has an incredible reputation and therefore some really high-quality exhibits that you won’t see in this part of the world very often.
Keep up to date with their exhibits at – https://idahouncovered.com/idaho-museums/.
To Visit Outside
We mentioned at the beginning of this article that Idaho is more than just natural beauty. However, there are a few museums that really make the most of this local beauty and combine it with history and preservation.
These are two must-visit locations.
Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco
Sadly, the Craters of the Moon National Monument does not include a free trip to the actual moon – but it does offer a truly unique experience.
The monument was formed by an ocean of lava that shaped the land in the area. The lava field is actually still alive and there is a lot of volcanic activity in the area. In the cooler areas of the park, it is hard not to feel like you are on a lunar adventure.
Spread around the park are areas of natural wonders – little spots where nature is thriving despite the arid environment that surrounds it.
Japanese Pavilion, Idaho Falls
If you are a fan of plants and botany then you cannot skip over the Japanese Pavilion in Idaho Falls. The whole area is inspired by Japanese culture and their gardening style. The areas feature a rock garden, dragon path, numerous sculptures, and rentable deck space. There are also some truly breathtaking water features and views throughout the garden.
The space was built as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Idaho Falls twinning with the city of Tokai-Mura in Japan.
The Japanese Friendship Garden can be found within the Pavilion. This is a small garden that is located on a rocky island in the Snake River.