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Museums

Historic Wallace and the Silver Valley offer many museums which provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the area’s remarkable culture and heritage. Walk to museums in downtown Wallace, and drive to nearby Kellogg and Mullan for even more historical adventure.

Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum

This beautiful, chateau style railroad depot-turned museum houses artifacts, interpretive displays and photographs demonstrating the major role railroads played in the history of Wallace and the West. In 1985, the Depot was saved from destruction by the construction of an I-90 overpass This 90-ton building was transported in four hours across the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River to its present location.

Wallace District Mining Museum

The Silver Capital of the World is chronicled through an array of mining exhibits, historic photographs and an informative video,which document the people and the events that shaped the town, the state and the nation.

Oasis Bordello Museum

This museum and tour, set in an actual brothel, provide a tasteful and entertaining picture of the mining-camp past. The Oasis Rooms began as a hotel and saloon in 1895 and closed as an operating “hotel” in 1988.

Staff House Museum

Dedicated to preserving the mining, smelting, and cultural history of the Silver Valley, the Staff House Museum is located in Kellogg in the 104 year old Bunker Hill Company Staff House, and features 13 exhibit rooms as well as outdoor exhibits.

Captain John Mullan Museum

Captain John Mullan opened the Pacific Northwest to growth and exploration through construction of the Mullan Road from 1859 to 1862. This museum chronicles the history of the Road and the town of Mullan.

Old Mission State Park

The oldest standing building in all of Idaho, the magnificent Mission of the Sacred Heart was constructed in the 1850s by Jesuit missionaries and members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. High on a grassy knoll overlooking the Coeur d’Alene River, the design by Father Ravalli evokes Italian Renaissance church architecture. The Mission was built, however, with indigenous materials and Native American craftsmanship. Old Mission State Park and the Mission of the Sacred Heart are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can explore the restored Parish House and an historic cemetery. A new Visitor Center includes a gift shop and an interpretive movie.

A trailhead of the 73-mile long Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is near the Park, in the town of Cataldo, and provides easy access for bikers, walkers, runners, and rollerbladers.

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