About Us                                             

The Museum of Idaho is a non-profit organization and is the intermountain west’s premier museum in bringing exceptional exhibits to the public forefront. We are dedicated to preserving and showcasing the sciences, the humanities, and the natural and cultural history while also providing new experiences and unique educational opportunities.

About the Bonneville County Historical Society & Our Building

Originally built for the city of Idaho Falls as the Andrew Carnegie Library in 1916, our museum first started in 1982 when the Bonneville Historical County took over the vacated building when it was no longer sufficient enough for the library.


In 2003, generous donations from the community added an additional 20,000 sq. feet that included the purchase and joining of an adjunct Masonic Temple. Now listed on the registry for National Historic places, the Museum of Idaho offers a unique historical and educational background unlike any other.


Our museum offers internationally and nationally acclaimed traveling and permanent displays. With our continually expanding exhibits, we have reached captive audiences across the intermountain west with our past and upcoming exhibits.

Traveling Exhibits
  • A T. Rex Named Sue: 2003
  • Discovering Idaho: The World of Lewis & Clark: 2004
  • Giant Insects: 2004
  • A Space Journey: 2005
  • Secrets of the Cave: 2005
  • Savage Seas: 2006
  • Guns & Hooks: 2006
  • Ink & Blood: 2007
  • World of the Pharaohs: 2008 
  • Wheels: Are We There Yet?: 2008
  • Titanic: 2009
  • Lincoln: Preservation of a Nation: 2009
  • Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs: 2010
  • Decoding da Vinci: 2010
  • BODIES…The Exhibition: 2011
  • A Grateful Nation: A Look Back at WWII
  • Teeth, Tails, & Trouble: A T. rex Named Sue and How to Raise a Dinosaur 2012
  • King Tut: Treasures of the Tomb: 2012
  • Carousels Art and History in Motion 2013
  • Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World 2013
  • Race to the End of the Earth 2014

Permanent Exhibits                                           Seasonal Exhibits  

  • Eagle Rock                                                Olde Fashioned Christmas & Winter Festivals: 2007 – Present
  • Race for Atomic Power
  • Lewis & Clark in Idaho