COLLECTIONS

Regional Collections

Collections include artifacts and displays on the geology, natural resources, culture, history, and prehistory that make up the story of Idaho and our region.

RESEARCH

Archives

The archival collection at the Museum of Idaho is comprised of primary source documents and materials, including a large collection of historic and/or regional photographs and a non-circulating regional library. The archival collection is also host to large historic collections, such as:

  • early logbooks and tax ledgers from Bonneville County;
  • documents related to Argonne West and EBR-1 and 2;
  • materials from the local chapter of the Odd Fellows;
  • collections from regional journalists and photographers such as Quincy Jensen and Joe Marker;
  • a growing collection of oral histories;
  • minutes from the Music Club of Idaho Falls and the Village Improvement Society;
  • and many others.

Archival and photographic collections are available for research and use by appointment only. To make an appointment, use the form below.

Artifacts

The artifact collection at the Museum of Idaho tells stories rich in diversity with artifacts and objects that speak to the complexity of resources and resourcefulness, human interaction and impact, and transformation and transmigration. Artifact collections include pieces from colorful characters like the Keefer twins and Dugout Dick, and strong-willed western women such as Minnie Hitt and Kate Baker Curley. From Columbian mammoth specimen to fuel rods from EBR-1, the Museum of Idaho artifact collection preserves and tells the stories of the Idaho experience.

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Researching at MOI

To initiate an appointment to conduct research in our archives, please fill out the form below, and our archival staff will contact you.

Donating items to MOI

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, the Museum of Idaho has amassed a sizable collection of artifacts, objects, and specimen. We are careful to accept only donations that adhere to our mission, avoid duplication, and assure the best use of our resources. All potential donations go through a review process overseen by experts qualified to assess the relevance and suitability of items according to our policies.

If you have an item you'd like us to consider, please fill out the form below and our curatorial department will contact you. Thank you.