Historic Past. Proud Future.

Museum Attractions

The Museum has something for everybody!

As you first enter, please sign our guest book.

We are now the proud owners of a vintage PT-23, a WWII trainer aircraft.  As the aircraft is now inside the Museum, the listed order of the exhibits will change.

Next to the PT-23 are our WWII Gowen Field exhibits and an exhibit on Paul Gowen, Gowen Field's name sake. 

A tribute to Idaho's Medal of Honor Recipients.
We have two actual Medals on exhibit; the Civil War (Navy) Medal issued to Gurdon H. Barter and the Korean War (Army) Medals issued to David B. Bleak. The Air Force medal on the right an official Medal of Honor for museum exhibit purposes.  It was not actually issued to an individual but is used to tell the story of Col Bernard Fisher.  Not pictured is a kiosk featuring Col Fisher's actual presentation and an interview he gave.

Our Navy Exhibit.  It pays tribute to the Navy of all wars and includes several display cases.  Included in the exhibit is a piece of the USS Boise, a section of steel plate removed from the Bridge of the U.S.S. Boise (CL-47) which arrived in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 19 November 1942 for extensive battle damage repairs that it sustained in the battle with the Japanese at Cape Esperance. 

Here also is where our new exhibit on the Farragut Naval Training Station is located.  This photo is of one of the display cases.

Our Marine Exhibit.  Pictured here a just a few of the highlights.

Our Vietnam Exhibit.  Again pictured here are just a few of the highlights. 

Along the back wall are exhibits on:
Guidons from past Idaho National Guard Units
The 116th Engineers
Medicine in War
Distinctive Unit Insignia and Medals. 
Special Forces
(Complete with a Yarborough Knife, manufactured by Chris Reeve Knives in Boise, Idaho and carried by many service members in Iraq and Afghanistan)

Down the center of the Museum is:
Korean War Exhibit
Pearl Harbor Exhibit
WWI Exhibit
Adjutant Generals Patch and McConnel Exhibits.

General Patch saw action in WWI and also served as the Adjutant General of the Idaho National Guard from 1913-1915 and again from 1919-1922
General McConnell was the Adjutant General from 1925-1946.  To read his story, see our 3rd Quarter 2002 newsletter Pass In Review on our Newsletter page.

As you enter the Museum, if you turn left, you come to the

Air Force and Idaho Air National Guard Exhibit area.  Included here are:
Flight suits, headgear, and numerous photos which cover a part of the history of the Idaho Air National Guard.  The exhibit also includes tools and gear vital to aviators.  
Air Force and Air National Guard involvement in the Global War on Terror.
Dan Davis POW collection.  Dan was a POW in Germany in WWII; you can read his story in our 1st Quarter 1999 newsletter Pass In Review on our Newsletter page. 

F-16 Cockpit Simulator

A-10 Gatling gun
F-4 Ejection Seat, complete with mannequin in a flight suit with flight gear.
F-4 Cockpit Simulator

We also have a separate room that features WWII equipment used by Germany, Japan and the United States
This is one of the exhibit cases on WWII military equipment.

We also have a sizeable reference library. 
We hope to have an index of titles her in the not too distant future.

And of course, don't forget our gift shop! 
We have a large assortment of books and models that relate to the Exhibits.

We also have a nice static display of military vehicles outside the Musuem.   

This webpage only highlights a few of our Exhibits.  It really must be seen in person to be truly appreciated!