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The Idaho Military History Museum has been established for the purpose of “preservation, display and interpretation of military history and artifacts that have a geographical tie to the history of the people and state of Idaho.”

The Idaho Military History Museum was opened in 1995 by the Idaho Military Historical Society.

The Idaho Military Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of every month from January – October at the Idaho Military Museum. The board’s annual meeting is in October.

Come in, surround yourself with our rich history

Covering a broad spectrum of military history, via photos and artifacts, you will see Gowen Field as it was during World War II as well as Idahoans in the Philippine Insurrection through Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom.

A number of small arms are on display as are many of the guidons from units past, some of which have felt the breezes of distant lands and date back to the early years of the 20th century.

There are also exhibits on both the Idaho Air and Army National Guard as well as Mountain Home Air Force Base, the United States Marines and the US Navy. A collection of armored vehicles is in our outdoor compound.

Our volunteer staff will be happy to help you with any questions that you may have about our displays.

You should allow at least one hour for your visit.

Become a Member

You can support the Museum by becoming a member. As a member, you will receive Pass In Review, our quarterly newsletter as well as advance notice of upcoming events and activities. A General Membership is just 7 cents a day.

Become a Member Today!


Donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of operations. The Idaho Military History Museum is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and depends on your donations to remain open. Your generosity directly contributes to the operation of this Museum and will ensure its ability to continue with its Educational Outreach and Preservation of Idaho’s Proud Military History.

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School Visitation Program

School classes are welcome and encouraged to take a tour of the museum. Tours can be designed for elementary through college level.

To find out more about this educational resource, please contact the Museum at 208-272-4841 or e-mail us at

*If budget constraints prohibit your group from traveling to the Museum, contact us; we may be able to come to you.

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