Museum of North Idaho



The Museum of North Idaho collects, preserves and interprets the history of the Coeur d'Alene Region. to foster appreciation of the area's heritage.

In the 1960s the North Idaho Hoo Hoo Club, an organization of loggers, lumbermen and foresters, entertained the idea of establishing a museum of logging and lumbering. The Articles of Incorporation were approved on May 1, 1968 encompassing all the history of the five North Idaho counties. Over the years the scope of the Museum narrowed from all of North Idaho to the Coeur d’Alene Region.

Through the efforts of volunteers and community support the Museum of North Idaho opened its doors on the North Idaho College in the Fort Sherman Powder Magazine July 28, 1973.

In a few years the Museum outgrew the building and approached the City of Coeur d'Alene about a vacant building located next to the City Park. With community support this 1960s era building was remodeled and opened in 1979. The Museum maintains the building and the City donates the use of the building and maintenance of the grounds.

The current Director, Dorothy Dahlgren, a Coeur d'Alene native, was hired upon her graduation from the Museology program at the University of Idaho in 1982. The Museum is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and meets professional museum standards. The organization is overseen by a nine member Board of Trustees.

  Contact Info
Museum of North Idaho
115 Northwest Boulevard
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
  208.664.3448
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