1315 Industrial Rd.
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: (208) 463-6300
Fax: (208) 475-1434
Arts & Museums
Dating back to 1903, Canyon County's first train depot now houses an eclectic historical collection. Located in revitalized downtown Nampa, about 20 minutes west of Boise, the museum offers a walk down memory lane, including 18th-century quilts, farm tools, mustache cups and an undertaker's table. Typical historical museum fare can also be found, such as railroad and Canyon County memorabilia. The building itself is also considered to be an outstanding example of Baroque architecture.
History buffs should journey to Nampa, about 20 minutes west of Boise, to view this rare collection of artifacts from World War II. Old war planes, uniforms, cameras, photos, engines and more are on display. Visitors can also explore Japanese and German memorabilia. Some of the museum's planes were used for the film Pearl Harbor. Guided tours are available and usually last about an hour.
Thousands of colorful rocks and gems sit behind glass cabinets. With names like Tiger Eye, Bruneau Jasper and Lake Superior Agate, the stones assembled here make up one of the best collections of its kind in the nation. Two cabinets display more than 2,000 Cabochons, comprised of materials that may no longer be available. This extraordinary collection is the 40-year masterpiece of Glen and Ruth Evans, former College of Idaho trustees.
Boasting everything from beetles to Navajo sand paintings, this museum's impressive collection makes the 20-mile drive to Caldwell well worth it. Located on the Albertson College of Idaho campus, the museum offers many regional displays and collections. It is an eclectic collection, including fossils, insects and Indian pottery. There is even a large display of Baja California flora and fauna, a result of the college's research facilities in Mexico.
Leave Idaho and explore the cosmos at this 50-seat planetarium, which offers a variety of programming events throughout the year. Visitors can tour the planets, learning about the solar system and positioning of constellations, or discover what is beyond our solar system. The planetarium also hosts a variety of special events, including December sky shows that mix astronomy, Biblical stories, and other historic writings. Group field trips are also available and evening shows can be arranged by appointment. Check the website for upcoming shows and events.
View photographs of Idaho's rich farm fields, or mesmerizing drawings that combine Christianity and Native American spirituality at this College of Idaho gallery, which showcases local art. Featuring multimedia pieces, the Rosenthal Gallery offers something for all tastes, from handmade books to photographic essays. You might even catch a budding artist before they hit the big time during one of the student exhibitions.
Antiques spill out of this turn-of-the-century home, located about 30 minutes from Boise. Recreating a bygone era, the home offers a vintage kitchen, pantry, parlor, bedrooms and other rooms. Furnished with late 1800s and early 1900s items, the Indian Creek Museum allows visitors to explore a different time.
An old-fashioned lamppost marks the entrance to this small, boxy gallery. Located a few miles from Boise in the small town of Eagle, which has been transformed from an agricultural town to a trendy Boise suburb, the Artisan gallery features pottery, jewelry, paintings, furniture, baskets and woodwork. Customers can appreciate local talent or discover a new national artist to follow. Past displays have included watercolors of Idaho and mixed media paintings.
A much-frequented winery in Caldwell, HAT Ranch Winery features an elaborate list of tasty wines. Its tasting room nestled on the scenic Sunnyslope Wine Trail is a major attraction
A creative venue showcasing current and future talent, Visual Arts Collective is a fine arts gallery exhibits work in the visual and performing arts, including music, theater and film. Shows like Exonerated, SuperDelicious, Hubris are hosted at this venue. The venue attracts the creative crowd of Boise and is a great opportunity to discover new talent. Check out the website for future exhibits.
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.