North Idaho is a region rich in history. Museums help us remember the important industries of mining and timber that were the cornerstones of North Idaho settlements. Many regional historic homes and military settlements can be enjoyed on driving tours. And local shops and small town residents are filled with historic memorabilia and folklore. You will be enriched and entertained all at the same time.
Bonner County History Museum
611 South Ella Ave.
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
Tuesday through Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1st Saturday of each month – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (free admission)
Sprag Pole Museum
Old Kootenai County Jail Museum
802 2nd St, Rathdrum, Idaho
phone: (208) 687-9333
Museum Jail Hours:
Open to the public on the weekends from late spring to fall (typically Memorial Day to Labor Day).
Group tours are available year round … upon request and weather permitting
A suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for kids.
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The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center
The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center is located in Sagle, Idaho. The museum is about 12 miles off Highway 95 east on Sagle Road, and is a destination in itself. It features Dr. Forrest Bird’s personal collection of aircraft and as well as various invention displays and flight exhibits. It has been open since 2007
Dr. Forrest Bird is the inventor of the modern respirator, and he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2008 honoring the many ways in which he has served his country, including as a pilot during World War II. If you stop by Bird’s museum, make sure you leave enough time to see all the planes and displays – you don’t want to be in a hurry here.