The Idaho Historical Society in an effort to preserve information and artifacts related to service members and citizens of the state established the Idaho State Military Museum. Located next to Gowen Field in Boise the museum is a treasure trove of military gear, weapons and histories dating back to the War Between The States.
There are special displays in the main museum dedicated to the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Each is an eye opening look at actual uniforms, weapons and military gear from the era. The World War II section also displays artifacts from the German and Japanese armies.
Step inside, it’s free, but donations are accepted. Besides the displays of personal equipment and stories of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, the interior features a World War II PT23 pilot trainer aircraft, an F4 cockpit and a cockpit from an F16. From the ceiling hang models of vintage aircraft and cases display models of the USS Idaho and the USS Boise.
Have a moment of silent reflection on the cost of freedom while looking at the display of Idaho’s winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Then, step outside for a chance to be up close with tanks, artillery, military vehicles, and aircraft.
The Idaho Military Museum is an outstanding learning experience for adults and children. You’ll want to go back again and again.