The Museum of North Idaho inspires a dynamic connection to the unique heritage of the Coeur d’Alene region by celebrating, preserving, exhibiting and sharing history with its community and visitors.
In the 1960s the North Idaho Hoo Hoo Club, an organization of loggers, lumbermen and foresters, first entertained the idea of establishing a museum. They incorporated on May 1, 1968 for a museum focusing on the history of the Coeur d’Alene Region (Kootenai, Benewah and part of Shoshone counties).
Through the efforts of volunteers and community support the Museum opened its doors on the North Idaho College campus on July 28, 1973. In 1979, they remodeled a City owned building and relocated.
The Museum’s building is too small to accommodate our programming. For 40 years, the Museum has occupied a 4,000 sq ft building. The building does not have heat, forcing the museum to close during the 5 months of cold winter conditions. MNI also owns a 4,000 sq ft off-site storage building where a majority of exhibit materials and collections are stored.
In 2019, Ignite CDA transferred land valued at over $900K to the City of Coeur d’Alene intended for a museum. MNI signed a 25 year lease with the City to occupy this parcel. Next, MNI saved the beloved 1902 J.C. White House from demolition and moved this historic landmark to property to serve as centerpiece to an expanded 13,300 sq. ft. facility.