//Historic Sites, Museums, Tours

Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center

This museum collects, studies, and exhibits objects illustrating the history of the Appaloosa horse—descendants of those bred by the Nez Perce in the Palouse region.

12-5 pm, Mon.-Thurs, 10 am-5 pm, Fri.; 10 am-4 pm Sat., or by appointment.


208.882.5578 ext 279

2720 W. Pullman Rd. Moscow, ID 83843

Bovill Hotel

In 1903, Hugh Bovill, the town’s founder, built this hotel as a lodge and wayside to board the multitude of sportsmen and visitors into the area. Two years later, he built a store on the south side of the hotel. In 1907 he built a lean-to on the south side of the store to house the town’s first post office. Later, he combined the two buildings by building several rooms, a dining room, and a large kitchen making this hotel one of the largest in the area. The room was needed to accommodate the large number of visitors, timber cruisers, and sportsmen. Hugh Bovill even hired a guide and pack train to give visitors a tour into the woods.

602 Park St Bovill, ID 83806

Bovill Opera House

Believed to have been built in the first decade of the 20th century, the Bovill Opera House served for five decades as the entertainment and social center for the town of Bovill and its surrounding communities. Although used primarily as a “moving picture hall,” the Bovill Opera House hosted dances, performances, as well as public hearings and gatherings. In the 1930s the upstairs was transformed into a miniature golf course and later used as a roller skating-rink. While there is a metal sign readings “Bovill Historical Museum” it was apparently never used as a museum on a consistent basis. The building is no longer open to the public.

412 2nd Avenue Bovill, ID 83806

Cordelia Lutheran Church

Historic Cordelia Lutheran Church is the oldest Lutheran building in Idaho (established in 1883). Visitors welcome. It is available, without charge, for picnics, weddings, vow renewals, and family gatherings. Visit www.cordeliachurch.org or Facebook @ Cordelia Lutheran Church for information, scheduled events and contacts.

Historic Cordelia is located at 1501 Danielson Rd. Genesee, ID 83832

Empire Theatre

Tours of this historic theatre are available on request. Check the website for shows by local and touring performers. From Marimba bands to Country and Western, there is something for everyone throughout the year. Make a night of it with a dinner at Café Artisan followed by a show at the theatre.

126 S. Crosby, Tekoa, WA 99033


First Indian Presbyterian Church

Located on the first Kamiah town site in East Kamiah, the Rev. and Mrs. Henry T. Cowley organized the First Church on December 25, 1871, with Hol-Lol-Sote-Tote (Lawyer) as the first Elder. In the summer of 1873, the government built the present church. The Rev. Henry Spalding spent 1872 and 1873 doing church work here during the construction. Sue McBeth had charge of the Presbyterian Mission at the time that the First Church was built. Her sister Kate McBeth joined her in 1879. The church and cemetery is still in use today and stand in quiet dignity at the original location on Highway 12.

Season: all, Hours: call

Chamber: 935-2290

518 Main St Kamiah, ID 83536

Harrison Historic Downtown District Tour

Step back in time with this guided walking tour that takes you through the history of Harrison, a once thriving mill town that had 9 sawmills within a one-mile radius. This tour introduces 20 National Historic Registered buildings, including: the E.C. Hays & Sons Grain Elevator, the L.O.O.F. Hall, Star Lodge, the Crane House, and the Mill Boarding House, which is currently a B&B.
A brochure is located at the Crane House Historic Museum.


201 Couer d’Alene Ave, Harrison, ID 83833

Historic Downtown Lewiston Ghost Tour

Lewiston’s Downtown Ghost Tour is a walking/trolley tour. This tour tells the stories and legends of downtown Lewiston’s shady history during the 1930s. The trolley tour introduces you to the stories above ground and the walking tour explores passages below the sidewalks. This part of the tour requires climbing stairs.


301 Main Street, Suite 207 Lewiston, ID 83501

Historical Museum at St. Gertrude

Located at the century-old monastery on 150 acres of forest, the museum showcases the history of north Idaho. Exhibits include the story of the resident Benedictine Sisters, the Nez Perce people, Polly Bemis (the Chinese immigrant whose story is immortalized in Thousand Pieces of Gold), and Buckskin Bill.

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9:30 to 4:30.
Adults $5; Students $2, children under 7 free.


465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, 83522

Kamiah Chamber of Commerce

Kamiah, on banks of the beautiful Clearwater River, is surrounded by foothills where you can explore the rich heritage of the Nez Perce Indians and early pioneers. Stop by the Chamber Welcome Center in town to find what this area offers visitors, including the historic Riverfront Park, a downtown museum and murals, a Nez Perce National Historic Site, the city’s annual BBQ Days and lots of outdoor recreation choices.

Chamber is open year-round Tues.-Sat. 10 am-2 pm

Kamiah Valley Museum is open Memorial Day – Labor Day, Wed.–Fri., 10 am–4 pm, or by appt.

Both are located at 518 Main Street, Kamiah, ID 83536
518 Main Street, Kamiah, ID 83536

Kamiah Valley Museum is open Memorial Day – Labor Day, Wed.–Fri., 10 am–4 pm, or by appt.
518 Main Street, Kamiah, ID 83536

Monastary of St. Gertrude

The Monastery of St. Gertrude is an active Benedictine community that features concerts, arts retreats and classes, readings, lectures, and other events throughout the year. Visit the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude as well as the Book & Gift Shop that features the talents of local artisans and handcrafted items by the Benedictine sisters. Enjoy Benedictine hospitality at a family-friendly bed and breakfast at the Inn at St. Gertrude. Enjoy Monastery-made bread, jam, and desserts and take a walk around the beautiful, forested landscape overlooking the Camas Prairie. Learn about all the arts, events, and history at the Monastery of St. Gertrude at www.stgertrudes.org.






Moscow City Hall

This historic building, Moscow’s first post office and later a community event center, just celebrated its 100 years. This building is a good example of federalist architecture with multi-paned windows, terra cotta trim, and brick decorations. The interior includes oak woodwork, terrazzo floors, red and white marble, and dential and cornice molding. Part of the second floor is home to the Third Street Gallery.

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 8 am – 5pm.

206 East 3rd Street, Moscow, ID 83843

Arts Department Manager Megan Cherry



Moscow’s Historic Downtown District Walking Tour-Street Scenes-Addition

Moscow’s Historic Downtown walking tour introduces the many architecturally and historically significant buildings on Main Street. There are 60 buildings in total on this tour that where built between 1888 and 1853. Included in this tour are the Moscow Hotel, Kenworthy and NuArt Theatres, McConnell Maguire building, and the Browne Block.

Contact: Moscow Historic Preservation Commission

Begins 102 S. Main Street, Moscow, Id 83843

Nez Perce National Park Visitor’s Center

Learn about the Nez Perce people and their incredible history. One of 38 sites included in the National Park.

Winter hours 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; Summer hours 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


39063 U.S. Hwy 95 Lapwai, ID 83540

Old Brundage House

Just one year newer than the Clay house, the Brundage house inspired admiration in the Riggins of 1918. Brundage Mountain was named after the Scott Brundage family. In 1927, the widow, Mrs. Brundage, leased the house to the Forest Service, who eventually bought the house in 1931. It was used as the first ranger’s house before the Forest Service moved to Slate Creek. The house is now owned by ETC Used Clothing Store.

301 South Main, Riggins, ID 83549

Perkins House Museum/Whitman County Historical

James Allen Perkins came to the area in 1870, when he was 29 years old. He and Thomas Smith traveled from Waitsburg to set up a sawmill at the suggestion of Anderson Cox, who speculated that the valley along the South Fork of the Palouse might make a fine location for a new settlement. They proceeded to build a log cabin with timber hauled from Walla Walla. Both Smith and Perkins staked out property. The two men split the valley, Perkins taking the northern part. He purchased a pre-emption on 160 acres at $2.50/acre. The line separating the two parcels ran east to west and later became Last Street.

Open Saturdays + Sundays 10am – 2pm, may be rented for special events

(509) 397-2555

623 N Perkins Avenue Colfax, WA 99111


Weippe Discovery Center

The Weippe Discovery Center tells the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Idaho and meeting the Nez Perce Indians. Outside murals, Nez Perce artifacts, Lewis and Clark’s books, maps, and journals are among many of the discovery center’s collections. Several inside and outside exhibits represent Idaho’s wildlife and native plants that Lewis and Clark found along the trail.

10 – 5 on M, Th, F; 10 – 7 Tu & Wed; and 10 -1 on Sat.


204 Wood Street on Idaho 11 from US Hwy 12

Whitebird Battlefield, Nez Perce Land

You’ll want to get information about the battlefield at the Nez Perce National Historical Park Visitor’s Center in Spalding and then drive an hour to the site, located 15 minutes south of Grangeville, ID. The view from the top of the Whitebird Grade is one of the most spectacular sights in Idaho.


WI & M Historic Train Depot

Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

The historic train depot is supported and was restored by the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway History Preservation Group or WIMRyHPG. This group puts on the Annual Speeder Rides and History day each year. (2nd weekend in July). Museum Room and displays throughout the building make it worth stopping. Shop our local history book selection as well. Freight Room hosts many a music event and is available for the public to rent for their own event.

You might also be interested in one of the people behind this heroic preservation effort who is an artist exhibiting in the depot: www.karenrohn.com.



(208) 875-1357

185 6th St. Potlatch, ID