Idaho Museum Of Mining & Geology
Better Than A Great Value, It's Free!
One of the wonders of Idaho are the rocks and rock formations, the gems and minerals found throughout this great state. So many and wondrous it is Idaho's nickname. "The Gem State". From the Star Garnets in northern Idaho to the Spencer Opal mine in Eastern Idaho there is wonder to behold. The gold veins, fossils and volcanic rock of Owyhee county in south western Idaho and Malhuer county in eastern Oregon are dynomite as well! One of my favorite things to do is chase chukars, a small upland bird that inhabit most of the state, but especially the desert rimrock of the Owyhees. I often find myself spending more time exploring the rock formations whence I stumble across something that does not look normal. I first got interested when I saw a book in which a fellow had a geode that barely fit in his truck. Every time I go I now examine every big round rock to try and determine if this might be one of the giants! I found a hoodoo with large boulder/geode for a cap stone. I wonder.... Another time in lower succor creek I found a cliff embedded with geodes the size of a baseballs. I tried everything to get a couple out including shooting at them with my shot gun! I gave up after getting splattered in the face. The point is there is a bunch to ponder, wonder and be in awe of. Obsidian and opal, jasper and morrisonite. Visit the museum, take a field trip. Then call me and explain how I tell if the giant cap stone is a geode!
Since it's opening in 1994 to today the Museum has been a rock for all things mining and geology in the state. Formed by a dedicated group of rock hounds and in cooperation with many in kind donations from corporations and private individuals around the state. Originally the brain child of Boise's Fred Shute, it took 4 or 5 years for Fred and his band of devotes to find a permanent home! The Idaho Museum Of Mining & Geology is a hands on science experiment for school field trips and newbie rock hounds like me! There is a gift shop. The museum is loaded with exhibits and hosts events at the Museum in the old dorm located at 2455 Old Penitentiary Road. The exhibits include rock collections of Idaho old timers, a pile of geodes that can be procured and cut open for a small donation! Field trips far and wide and even an expert on Fridays for show and tell. Otherwise known as Mineral I.D. Fridays! Bring in your find and get an expert to walk you through the process of determining if it is a treasure or a leavorrite. The best thing is the cost of admission! Free...
The exhibits run the rock worlds gambit from fossils and meteorites to A seismograph to The Fujii collection. Donated in 1994 by Henry and Fumiko Fujii. Gain insight into Idaho history while about each of Idaho's mining districts and check out the history section which is loaded with old tools and technics.
Here is the Calender of all the events for 2017 from lectures and field trips to Kids summer camp!
From scouting programs and school field trips to the museum to geo workshops for both kids and adults covering everything from rocks, minerals, mining history, paleontology, and archeology.
The every popular gold panning trip near Idaho City is planned for August 12!
Bring a little and buy a lot in the reasonably priced gift shop.
Learn about the characters who volunteer their time to help keep this asset going!
Want to help? Join, donate or volunteer!
A little bit of everything here to help you get up to speed before the next field trip!