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Idaho Black History Museum
508 Julia Davis Dr.
Boise, ID   83702
Idaho 0;
Founded in 1995, the Idaho Black History Museum is a 501 (c)3 organization established to educate individuals about the history and culture of African Americans, with special emphasis on African Americans in Idaho. Housed in the historic St. Paul Baptist Church building and located in Boise's Julia Davis Park, the museum presents exhibits and provides educational and community outreach programs including lectures, films, workshops, literacy programs, and musical performances. <br> The museum's purpose is to build bridges between cultures to explore issues that affect Americans of all cultures and ethnicities. Come by today.
Imaginarium Discovery Center
737 West 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK   99501
Alaska 1;
The Imaginarium, Alaska's only hands-on Science Discovery Center, is designed as a place where people can have fun learning about science by actually doing science. <br> Located in downtown Anchorage, The Imaginarium resembles a living laboratory, where you can stand inside a bubble, ponder the magnitude of the universe in a planetarium, discover ocean life in a marine touch tank, observe and touch exotic reptiles, or learn the principles of physics while playing with specialized toys.
Holter Museum of Art
12 E. Lawrence
Helena, MT   59601
Montana 2;
Museum of Natural History
1224 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR   97214
Oregon 3;
The University of Oregon Museum of Natural History was established to further the general mission of the University by enhancing public knowledge of the natural history and anthropology of Oregon and the broader world.
Priest Lake Museum
P.O. Box 44
Coolin, ID   83821
Idaho 4;
Inside the Priest Lake Museum are vignettes of yesterday, historic exhibits and videos of Priest Lake, history that include interviews with local pioneers' first hand accounting of events. Unique books (including the recently published "Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake") and DVDs, focused on the region's colorful history, available for sale. <br> The Museum, located at 38 Priest Lake Museum Road, just north of the junction of Luby Bay Road with West Lakeshore Road, is operated totally by volunteers. It is scheduled to be open 10AM to 4PM on Memorial Day weekend, then daily starting the follwing Sataurday through Labor Day. The Museum is closed Mondays except for holiday Mondays. <br> The Priest Lake Museum Association was formed by a handful of volunteers to provide visitors and residents with an awareness of the area's rich past. The Association was formed in 1979, incorporated in 1980 and received its 501c3 tax-exempt status in 1981. The Museum opened its doors to the public in 1990. The Museum Association depends on in-kind contribution, monetary donations, membership and volunteers for its ongoing operations. http://thepriestlakemuseum.com/
The Museum of History & Industry
McCurdy Park  - 2700 24th Ave East
Seattle, WA   98112
Washington 5;
Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center
Post Office Box 817
Sandpoint, ID   83864
Idaho 6;
The Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center offers: Indoor Space of 16,000 square feet, Restrooms with Handicap Accessibility, State-of-the-Art Kitchen & Gift Shop.
Skagway Museum
700 Spring St.
Skagway, AK  
Alaska 7;
The Skagway Museum contains a fine collection of gold-rush artifacts and other items reflecting Skagway's colorful history.
Ilanka Cultural Center
110 Nicholoff Way
Cordova, AK   99574
Alaska 8;
The Ilanka Cultural Center honors the full heritage and culture of the Eyak, Alutiiq, Ahtna, and Tlingit peoples. We are dedicated to the revival and preservation of Native crafts and skills for future generations. Ilanka is the Alutiiq word for “family,” and the Ilanka Cultural Museum is pleased to share Alutiiq heritage with you – our food and languages, art and regalia, songs and dances.
Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
P.O. Box 870646
Wasilla, AK   99687
Alaska 9;
The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) started in 1967 as the Air Progress Museum. It was a small collection of Alaskan transportation artifacts gathered for the centennial celebration of the United States purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. The exhibit was on International Airport Road in Anchorage.
Boise Art Museum
670 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID   83702
Idaho 10;
The Boise Art Museum champions excellence in the visual arts through exhibitions, collections and educational experiences and is nationally recognized for leadership, innovation and excellence in the visual arts.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
106 W. Bunnell Street, Suite "A"
Homer, AK   99603
Alaska 11;
Bunnell Street Arts Center is a non-profit art center exhibiting innovative contemporary Alaskan artwork for sale, solo exhibitions of Alaskan artists, lectures, discussions and concerts, artists in the schools, the Homer artists studio tour, and art workshops for adults.
Clausen Museum
203 Fram Street
Petersburg, AK   99833
Alaska 12;
Established in 1968, the Clausen Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of those who have lived and worked in Petersburg and the surrounding area.
Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum
676 S.W. 5th Ave.
Ontario, OR   97914
Oregon 13;
Four Rivers Cultural Center Museum gathers within its walls, the wonders of more than a century of history. The museum exhibits trace the settlement patterns of the Northern Paiutes, Basque, Japanese/Americans, Hispanic, and Euro American immigrants. The visitor's exhibit tour begins with an educational film, designed to provide a historical context to the exhibit gallery.
Baker Heritage Museum
2480 Grove Street
Baker City, OR   97814
Oregon 14;
Housed in the historic 1920 Natatorium the Baker Heritage Museum, formerly Oregon Trail Regional Museum, displays and interprets the rich history of the region. <br> Permanent and changing exhibits of mining, timber, ranching, agriculture, early Baker City life, Chinese culture and wildlife fill the 33,000 square foot building. Whether you spend an hour or spend the day touring the museum you will come away with an appreciation of our region and the people who settled here.
Russian Orthodox Museum
605 A St.
Anchorage, AK   99501
Alaska 15;
View the history of Alaska through the beauty of Orthodoxy at the Russian Orthodox Museum - icons, needlework, and artifacts dating from 18th Century Russian America to the present. http://www.russianorthodoxmuseum.com/
Boise Art Museum
670 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID   83702
Idaho 16;
Hammer Museum
108 Main Street
Haines, AK   99827
Alaska 17;
Haines, Alaska, is home of a truly unique museum. The Hammer Museum is the world's only museum dedicated to hammers. The Hammer Museum provides a view of the past through the use of man's first tool. You will find over 1500 hammers on display, ranging from Roman times to the present.
Art Museum of Eastern Idaho
300 S. Capital Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID   83402
Idaho 18;
The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho opened its doors to the public on Oct. 19, 2002, and is operated by the Board of Directors as a 501(c)3 nonprofit art museum and art education center.
Museum of Idaho
200 N Eastern Ave
Idaho Falls, ID   83402
Idaho 19;
The Museum of Idaho is Idaho's premier national traveling exhibit museum and is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the natural and cultural history of Idaho and the Intermountain West. The museum does this by developing regional educational programs in the sciences and humanities, and by hosting nationally acclaimed exhibitions including "A T. Rex Named Sue", "Discovering Idaho: The World of Lewis & Clark", "Space Journey", "Savage Seas", "Guns & Hooks", "Ink & Blood", and "World of the Pharaohs". The Museum offers traveling and permanent displays, presentations, educational programs, and a reading and reference library.
Basque Museum & Cultural Center
611 Grove Street
Boise, ID   83702
Idaho 20;
The Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the heritage of the Basque communities of Idaho and surrounding areas. <br> Boise, Idaho has long been a central location where Basque immigrants first congregated after coming to the United States from the Spanish Basque Region. As immigrants established their lives here, Basques became well known for their hard work and perseverance. <br> The Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the Basque heritage by exhibits, collections, and tours. As a cultural center, it's a gathering place for events and educational opportunities - in which people of all backgrounds can participate in Basque activities. <br> Located in downtown Boise, Idaho, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides an active central location for maintaining the Basque culture in the United States.
Sun Valley Center for the Arts
191 5th Street East
Ketchum, ID   83340
Idaho 21;
A non-profit educational arts organization founded in 1971 by Glenn and Bill Janss. The Center offers cultural experiences that are exceptional for a community located far from urban centers. Our purpose is community service, and the arts are an integral part of our development as human beings.
Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA   98402
Washington 22;
National Museum of Wildlife Art
2820 Rungius Road
Jackson Hole, WY   83001
Wyoming 23;
The Museum’s permanent collection of over 5,000 cataloged items includes paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by over 100 distinguished artists ranging from early American Tribes through contemporary masters. The Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions are augmented with innovative educational and scholarly programs emphasizing art appreciation, art history, natural science, creative writing, and American history.<br> The Museum has become an important educational center and meeting place for the Jackson Hole region. In 1994, the National Museum of Wildlife Art received the Wyoming Humanities Award for exemplary efforts in fostering the humanities in Wyoming. More than 76,000 people visit every year, and over 10,000 children visit the Museum each year, often as part of their school curricula.
Cooper Landing Museum
Mile 48.7 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, AK   99572
Alaska 24;
Cooper Landing's history is displayed in two historic buildings: Jack Lean's Cabin built in the late 1920's and the home of the Cooper Landing Post Office for almost 40 years. The School House built in 1955 and used until September 2001. Both buildings were moved to the museum site (owned by the Cooper Landing Community Club) on the south shore of the Kenai River. <br> The museum is manned by volunteers and funded through donations, sales in museum store, and garage sales.
Alaska Museum of Natural History
11723 Old Glenn Hwy.
Eagle River, AK   99577
Alaska 25;
The non-profit Alaska Museum of Natural History fills a special need for science education in Alaska. No other organization in the state educates exclusively on Alaska's unique geological, cultural, and ecological history. In 1989, two University of Alaska, Anchorage professors began a collaborative effort to establish a natural history museum. The museum opened in Eagle River, Alaska in May of 1994 and in addition to displaying exciting natural science exhibits has provided regular science education classes for school-aged children and adults.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR   97214
Oregon 26;
A scientific, educational, and cultural resource center dedicated to improving the public's understanding of science and technology. OMSI makes science exciting and relevant through exhibits, programs, and experiences that are presented in an entertaining and participatory fashion
Cordova Museum
PO BOX 391
Cordova, AK  
Alaska 27;
Learn about Cordova's colorful and fascinating history at The Cordova Historical Museum.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
1223 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR   97403
Oregon 28;
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon welcomes you to a vibrant museum. After completion of a major renovation and expansion project, the new facility is nearly double in size. Discover dramatically expanded and redesigned spaces including galleries featuring American, European, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese art that are enhanced with a series of special exhibitions and a full complement of inviting programs.
Yellowstone Art Museum
401 North 27th Street
Billings, MT   59101
Montana 29;
The former Yellowstone Art Center opened in October of 1964 in a building that once housed the historic Yellowstone County Jail. In the earliest years, there were just three staff.
Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center
Box 269
Haines, AK   99827
Alaska 30;
The purpose of the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., an educational institution of the Haines Borough, is committed to collecting, preserving and interpreting through history, art and unique blending of diverse cultures within the Chilkat Valley. The Sheldon Museum's presentation of artifacts, clan trust property, and memorabilia enhances quality of life for area residents and visitors; informs researchers and historians; inspires artists and creative writers; and encourages community pride through permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits, and through a variety of programs for schools and the public.
Wyoming State Museum
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY   82002
Wyoming 31;
The mission of the Wyoming State Museum is to serve as an educational, historical, and cultural institution, whose goal is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts that reflect the human and natural history of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West.
Idaho Military History Museum
4748 Lindbergh St., Bld 924
Boise, ID   83705
Idaho 32;
Idaho Military History Museum
The Idaho Military History Museum has been established for the purpose of "preservation, display and interpretation of military history and artifacts that have a geographical tie to the history of the people and state of Idaho". <br> The Idaho Military History Museum was opened in 1995 by the Idaho Military Historical Society.
Gem County Historical Society and Museum
501 East First Street
Emmett, ID   83617
Idaho 33;
The Gem County Historical Society was started in 1972 and through dedications and efforts the Society was able to start the historical museum the following year. The Society today still oversees all aspects of the museum including the day to day operations. With the help of Memorials and other donations the museum has expanded to a Village which includes several other buildings all adjacent to one another.
Palmer Museum
723 S. Valley Way
Palmer, AK   99645
Alaska 34;
The Palmer Visitor Information Center is your contact point for questions and information on the Palmer area. Palmer is located in the scenic Matanuska River valley, with the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges ringing the valley.
Anchorage Museum
625 C Street  - Rasmuson Center
Anchorage, AK   99501
Alaska 35;
The Anchorage Museum brings the best of Alaska to the world and the best of the world to Alaska. <br> Through a combination of art, history and science the Anchorage Museum creates a rich, deep understanding of the human experience and offers something for everyone.
Staff House Museum
820 McKinley Avenue
Kellogg, ID   83837
Idaho 36;
The Staff House Museum located at 820 W. McKinley Avenue in Kellogg was constructed in 1906 by the Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining & Concentrating Company as the residence for Manager Stanley A. Easton and his bride, Estelle Greenough.
Museum of the Rockies
600 W. Kagy Blvd.
Bozeman, MT   59717
Montana 37;
Wyoming Dinosaur Center, The
110 Carter Ranch Road
Thermopolis, WY   82443
Wyoming 38;
The Center has 12,000 square feet of exhibition area. Fossils and life forms from earliest geologic time periods are displayed in a chronological perspective. There are over 200 displays throughout the museum. The central hall houses dozens of full-size mounted skeletons, including over 20 dinosaurs.
Pratt Museum
3779 Bartlett Street
Homer, AK   99603
Alaska 39;
The Pratt Museum is dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural environment and human experience relative to the Kachemak Bay region of Alaska and its place in the world. The Museum seeks to inspire self-reflection and dialogue in its community and visitors through exhibitions, programs, and collections in the arts, sciences and humanities.
Blaine County Historical Museum
213 North Main Street
Hailey, ID   83333
Idaho 40;
The museum is located in Hailey in the Gem State of Idaho. It was established in August, 1962, to “discover, procure and maintain whatever may relate to the history of Blaine County.” <br> The museum is housed in a building built in 1882 and donated to the City of Hailey by the pioneering Friedman family for the purpose of establishing a museum. Originally an adobe structure, the building has been extensively remodeled and refurbished although a portion of an external adobe wall can still be seen behind protective glass. Through the years the building has been a liquor store, a movie house, and a Knights of Labor hall as well as other enterprises. During the Spanish-American War it served as an armory.
Valdez Museum & Historical Archive
P.O. Box 8
Valdez, AK   99686
Alaska 41;
The Valdez Museum & Historical Archive's mission is to safeguard our community's valuable heritage materials; foster broad public understanding and appreciation of our unique heritage; celebrate our community's past accomplishments and provide context for future plans and programs; enhance the sense of community pride; and enhance the quality of life by fostering and supporting cultural programs
Baranov Museum
101 Marine Way
Kodiak, AK   99615
Alaska 42;
At the Baranov Museum you can discover the history of Kodiak, Alaska through a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and special events. <br> Explore Kodiak's rich history, from Alutiiq culture and the Russian colonial period to the early American era, WWII and the present day. The Baranov Museum is located within Kodiak's 200-year-old National Historic Landmark building known as the Russian American Magazin, or the Erskine House.
Museum of the Aleutians
314 Salmon Way
Unalaska, AK   99685
Alaska 43;
The Museum of the Aleutians is a 9,400 square foot building and is the only archaeological research and Museum storage facility for the Aleutian Region.
Alaska Veterans Museum
PO Box 773364
Eagle River, AK   99577
Alaska 44;
The Alaska Veterans Museum is planned with a focus on honoring our nation's veterans and insuring that because of the sacrifices they made to defend America's freedom, "They Shall Not Be Forgotten." As President Calvin Coolidge said, "A nation which forgets its defenders, will itself be forgotten."
Warhawk Air Museum
201 Municipal Drive
Nampa, ID   83687
Idaho 45;
The Warhawk Air Museum is a not for profit organization funded entirely by individual donations and private foundations. The mission of the museum is to teach and preserve World War II history from the home front to the war front and aviation history from the advent of flight through the space age. The Warhawk Air Museum encourages an educational experience about the technology, culture, and social changes that have occurred in North America since World War II. <br> The Warhawk Air Museum welcomes the opportunity to serve the community by allowing special-event use of the museum. The museum's Facility Use Policy must be adhered to at every event.
Alutiiq Museum
215 Mission Road, Suite 101
Kodiak, AK   99615
Alaska 46;
The past meets the present at the Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak's Alaska Native culture center where visitors explore 7,500 years of Alutiiq heritage. See ancient artifacts, discover history, and learn how traditions continue. Cama' i - Hello. Welcome.
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
4721 Aircraft Drive
Anchorage, AK   99502
Alaska 47;
Preserving, displaying, and honoring Alaska's aviation heritage.
Kodiak Maritime Museum
P.O. Box 1876
Kodiak, AK   99615
Alaska 48;
The only organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to preserving Alaska's illustrious maritime heritage, dedicated to the recognition and preservation of Alaska’s rich maritime heritage.
Sitka Historical Society and Museum
330 Harbor Dr.
Sitka, AK   99835
Alaska 49;
Known as the only museum in Sitka that contains elements of all of Sitka’s history,the Sitka Historical Museum is packed with displays, photographs, andartifacts from Sitka’s Tlingit, Russian, and American history. This is a great first stop for travelers to orient themselves to Sitka.
Alaska Law Enforcement Museum
245 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK   99501
Alaska 50;
Located in Anchorage on 5th Avenue beneath the 5th Avenue Parking Garage, the Alaska Trooper Museum is operated by the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers (F.O.A.S.T.) with the goal of sharing the history of the Alaska State Troopers. The museum tells the colorful story of a dedicated team of police officers who continue to bring law and order to one of the most unusual, rugged and far-flung jurisdictions in America.
Museum of North Idaho
P.O. Box 812
Coeur d'Alene, ID   83816
Idaho 51;
Legacy Flight Museum
400 Airport Road
Rexburg, ID   83440
Idaho 52;
The Museum was started by aircraft enthusiast John Bagley. The museum opened in 2006, with the goal that gives visitors the opportunity to see up close some of the machines that have served America and provided us with the freedoms we currently enjoy.
Idaho Museum of Natural History
5th Avenue and Dillon Street  - ISU Building 12, Room 205C
Pocatello, ID   83209
Idaho 53;
Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum
Seattle Center  - 325 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA   98109
Washington 54;
Since EMP opened in 2000 and SFM in 2004, EMP|SFM has welcomed more than 4.3 million visitors through its doors. From its museum planning stages in 1998 through 2007, EMP|SFM has been a key economic driver among Seattle nonprofit arts and culture organizations, with combined EMP|SFM institutional expenditures and EMP|SFM audience-member spending resulting in $580 million dollars of local economic impact. EMP|SFM is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.
Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
2455 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID   83712
Idaho 55;
Located next to the Old Penitentiary in Idaho’s Historical District, the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology (IMMG) offers exhibits and educational programs about Idaho’s fascinating geologic history and rich mining heritage.