The Best Museums and Art Galleries in Boise, Idaho

Brendan Scully

In the foothills of the Pacific Northwest is Boise, find the cozy yet vibrant capital of Idaho. Tourists may be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of museums and galleries that showcase the unique history of the city. The following includes some of the best to visit.

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1. Idaho Military History Museum


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This small museum is something you’ll find nowhere else in the North West. Exclusively focused on Idaho’s history and involvement in military action throughout American history, The Idaho Military History Museum lies in the grounds of the Idaho Air National Guard on Gowen Field. The museum displays firearms collections and memorabilia from the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II – including two Medals of Honor of servicemen from Idaho.

2. Boise Art Museum


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It might not be The Met in New York City, but the Boise Art Museum will provide art fans with a worthwhile experience during a tour of Boise. BAM typically showcases rotating photography and art instalments by artists from the Pacific Northwest. A non-profit organization, BAM also offers drawing and craft workshops to both children and adults.

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