Sleep Inn Airport
2799 Airport Way
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: (208) 336-7377
Fax: (208) 336-2035
Arts & Museums
Located at Gowen Field, where airmen trained during World War II, this museum celebrates Idaho's military history through photographs and artifacts. A late-1800s lieutenant, sporting an enormous mustache, stares gloomily from the wall. World War II memorabilia has a prominent place among the displays, and you can stroll past a 1941 Willy's Jeep. The displays are brought up-to-date with F-4 and F-16 cockpit simulators. Visitors can make their own dog tag at the gift shop or visit the research library.
The brightly colored walls of this paint-your-own studio match the equally bright pottery scattered throughout the store. If the artist inside you is itching to get out, then check out this Ceramic, where you are provided with everything you need for to create your own works of art. Customers can either order dinnerware to their specifications or make their own. The store provides all the materials, including pottery, paints, kiln and, of course, guidance. Party entertainment and bridal registry is also available. Ceramica is planning to move soon so check website for further information.
Its name honors Hemingway, but this Boise State University center does much more than simply reflect on Hemingway's life. Studying the Inter-Mountain West that Hemingway loved so much, the center conducts and publishes research that increases awareness of the area's culture. There is a small exhibit of Hemingway artifacts on display, including the play about Hemingway, Papa!, which the center published. Gallery 2 is also located here and features works by local and international artists.
Located in historic Eighth Street Marketplace, this six-year-old museum recognizes athletes whose achievements have helped humanity. Housed in a temporary building, the hall inducts three athletes each year during December's Humanitarian Bowl. Past inductees have included Tom Landry, Tony Gwynn and Wilma Rudolph. Museum visitors can stroll past photographs of sports heroes and heroines. Fundraising is underway for a new 30,000 square-foot building east of Boise.
Offering a view of the Boise River's underwater world, this unique and interesting center allows visitors to see what happens under the rippling surface of a river. Hands-on computers help visitors understand and learn about the complex world of a living river. This learning center is a must for both tourists and residents, especially if you are a science buff. You will leave the center with a new appreciation for science and river habitats. Student tours are also available.
Visitors listen to the whispers of the pioneers as they tell Idaho's story through displays of historical artifacts at this museum. The Idaho State Historical Museum includes stories of prehistoric, Native American, Basque and Chinese cultures. Visitors also learn about the old frontier days and pioneer settlements. The museum offers many hours of exploration. Visitors can combine a trip here with a visit to the Pioneer Village, the Julia Davis Park or Zoo Boise, which are all located nearby. Opening times vary based on season. Check the website for varying dates.
Have you ever wondered why you see colors in soap bubbles? Your answer waits at this educational center, a fun science museum that features interactive and hands-on displays. Visitors can check out the House of Science to see how machines and devices work, and what scientific principles take effect. More than 40 different exhibits, including several traveling exhibits, are featured.
For 70 years the Boise Art Museum has provided an imaginative excursion for all the senses. Wander through the airy sculpture garden or admire one of the pieces from the museum's 15 galleries. The museum regularly features local artists, such as self-taught James Castle who was recognized nationally for his original drawings. A wide range of activities are offered for children and adults including tours and annual events including the popular Art in the Park.
Sitting on Capitol Boulevard, across from Julia Davis Park and next to the The Cabin, this former warehouse has turned itself into a busy urban library that brims with activity. Special events take place in the auditorium, and the children and reference areas are always busy. The library has an excellent local history collection and an extremely helpful staff, always willing to offer advice to visitors. The original Carnegie Boise Library, now housing offices, can be found on the corner of Eighth and Idaho.
This quirky shop is a great place to go for Idaho souvenirs. Bricolage has a line of Gem State t-shirts and hooded sweaters that anybody would love to wear. They also showcase art from around the country and sell handmade objects from around the country. Every now and then, they offer sewing lessons and other crafty activities.
Hand-crafted jewelry, creatively displayed in the large picture windows of this gallery, catches the eyes of passersby. Inside, the well-designed gallery space gives visitors plenty of room to move around and appreciate the delicate works of art. The R. Grey Gallery features jewelry, painted art, glass art and more. Signature gallery works include confetti garnets, dice bracelets, hydraform rings, and turquoise necklaces.
The oldest brick building in Boise, the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House is also part of the Basque Museum. Built in 1864, this building served as a Basque boarding house from 1910-1970 when the Basques immigrated from the northern Iberian Peninsula, now part of Spain. The second largest community of Basque people in the world resides in the Boise area, and this museum, now mostly housed in an additional building, is the only one of its kind in the nation. Exhibits include artifacts from various cultural traditions and events.