Idaho Museum of Mining & Geology

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Dig in! Located next to the Old Idaho Penitentiary Museum, the Museum of Mining and Geology explores Idaho’s complex and fascinating geological heritage. Idaho’s nickname of the “Gem State” originates from its early history of intensive mining, particularly gold and silver that made the state world famous long before it was known for potatoes. Idaho is one of the few places in the world where star garnets can be found and this museum interprets this history and earth science in a way that’s fun and entertaining for the whole family.

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  • The museum has an extensive collection of rocks, minerals, and gems from each region—from the mining districts of northern Idaho, the rocky batholith of Idaho’s central mountains, and the Snake River plain.
  • Check out the black light exhibit and see what makes ordinary rocks and minerals turn into something extraordinary.
  • Please call or visit the website to confirm hours of operation and fees.
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