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To provide for the preservation, display, and interpretation of military history and artifacts that have a geographical, cultural, or historical tie to the people and State of Idaho.
The Museum chronicles the military history of Idaho, including the development of Gowen Field, home of the Idaho Army and Air National Guard. Exhibits feature displays of firearms, uniforms and memorabilia from the Philippine Insurrection and Spanish American War, the Paul Gowen collection (for whom Gowen Field was named) the General Patch collection of World War I, The General McConnel collection from WWII, a collection of memorabilia from a WWII POW, numerous other military memorabilia items including photos and uniforms. We also have information and photos on Idaho's naval history, Idahoans in the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. We have a Reference Library available for public use. Tracked military vehicles are also on display adjacent to the Museum.
This is a fine museum that is beyond the scope that most people would imagine. There are artifacts from most of the wars america has been involved in as well as tanks, planes and artillery pieces parked around the facility. The people who visit are often very interested in hearing the story of the military and youth who visit are often entralled.