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Museum of Mining & Geology

2455 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-368-9876
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If you have Rocks in your head this is the place for you.

If you want to increase your rock collection ( or make one from scratch) I reccomend you start... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Travel_Bug_Bitten
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San Francisco, California
A hidden gem

The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology is somewhat difficult to find but well worth the search. It... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
Idahogoldman
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Boise, Idaho
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2455 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

If you want to increase your rock collection ( or make one from scratch) I reccomend you start here. The museum is small but here you will find some very impressive collection and displays of rocks and gems. My kids favorite display lights up in...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology is somewhat difficult to find but well worth the search. It is next to the Old Penitentiary and is an amazing free museum with exhibits for everyone in the family. New this year are the buzzsaw shark and...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

I went when i first came to visit my mom is Boise. Such a fun treasure cove. I learned so much more about rocks and stones that I didn't know I didn't know about!! Not a typo there. Really cute. Almost didn't find it though,...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This museum is located at a hub of activities. You can do the Idaho Penitentiary and Botanical Gardens from one parking spot. The museum is staffed with a resident geologist willing to answer questions. Amazing display and maps.

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Reviewed 20 May 2017

Each time I visit the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology I notice many improvements in the quality of the displays and in the organization of the museum. The lighting has also improved greatly making the displays much more exciting. There is much to learn...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Visited museum with my 16 year old granddaughter that has a real interest in geology. Really knows a lot about the formation within Idaho. Museum had a significant number of exhibits to understand the geological progress of the region. Helpful volunteer staff. Admission- free.

2  Thank Don A
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Adjacent to the Old Idaho Penitentiary, the Museum of Mining and Geology has a wonderful collection of Idaho minerals and ores, displays of mining artifacts from Idaho history, the fantastic Fujii Collection of Idaho/Oregon gemstones and video displays of geologic processes. They also have a...More

2  Thank sscoxsscox
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Reviewed 24 September 2015

Very interesting and so much to view from a historical and geological standpoint. Right next door to the Old Penitentiary. A must see in Boise!!

1  Thank pjmartin1998
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Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

Rude inconsiderate person behind the desk. Waste of time. Mr or miss DONT TOUCH ANYTHING person. We didnt touch anything in the building, but the person yelled at us and we said ok. Then the person said "don't you understand English"? Wow not reasonable at...More

2  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

Assorted minerals and rocks with wonderful map displays. Admission is FREE. You can park behind Bishop House and walk over to the museum which is adjacent to the Old Penitentiary. They have field trips and lectures and a small, resaonably priced gift store.

1  Thank Amy T
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