“The world of Idaho's Famous Potatoes!”
Located in the old Oregon Short Line Railroad Depot, you'll discover the world of Idaho's Famous Potatoes. The Idaho Potato Museum is a unique museum which appropriately showcases Idaho's Potatoes. The rich graphics showcasing the history of the potato will lead you through the revolution of the potato industry. From the original potato planted in Idaho, to the largest potato chip made by the Pringle's Company in Jackson, TN. You'll be intrigued as you stroll through the Museum which was built in 1912. Once a bustling flurry of activity, the stone depot represents significant ties between the railroad and the potato industry. The Potato Museum provides information on potato history, the growing and harvesting process, nutrition, trivia and educational potato facts. Watch a short video presentation on how the potato industry has developed. Plenty of parking room for Motor Coaches and RV's. Relax in the small park with a picnic area.
I feel odd saying this... But I loved this place. It seemed so funny and quirky we just had to stop here. We found out about it on this site btw. The man at the desk was super nice and also sent us home with free hash browns lol. I learned way more than I ever knew there was to know about potatoes that is for sure!
Good quick stop if it fits your timetable for a break from driving, and/or if you like interesting little places that treat an economically significant but seemingly mundane subject with a self-conscious but tongue in cheek seriousness. It is fun and odd and everything you'd expect a potatoe (love ya', Dan Quayle) museum to be. Noteables -- the collection of potato peelers, the worlds largest potato crisp, and the historic tidbits (John Adams thought Thomas Jefferson was being uppity when he introduced french fries by serving them at the white house). Worth it for the photo with the giant baked potato out front, or with the Marilyn-Monroe-in-potato-sack-dress cutout. Yowsah! Po-ta-toes... boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!
A great little museum with lots of interesting facts and displays. Well worth the 2 minute detour off the highway. The potato facts were especially interesting. The lady on the front desk was very helpful and genuinely and deeply interested in potatoes.
Closed on Sunday's so we couldn't get in. We were disappointed in that and couldn't come a different day. Got a pic outside with the giant potato but not much else you can do outside.
This was a fun visit good for an hour or two with kids. Built at an abandoned railroad station, this museum taught us about the history of the potato, different qualities of harvested potatoes, various mashers and home of the world-record potato crisp. The have a potato lab where kids can play with Mr. Potato Head toys and computer games. We didn't stay for lunch at the cafe, because we're fans of Rupe's Burgers, just around the corner.
The staff was welcoming and happy to see everyone. There are "Free taters for Out-of-Staters," which is a box of au gratin potatoes. The museum will only take kids about 20 minutes to run through, even if you tell them they have to learn two new facts about potatoes to get fries at the end. ;D There's a cute little video down in the "cellar" that you watch from above, narrated by an animated potato family. The mom does a great rendition of "Potato" sung to the tune of the Mexican hat dance (or some tune like that.) Can't get that song out of your head for an hour after. Go to the cafe and get the waffle fries. The regular fries weren't spectacular, but the waffle ones were great. We went 09/16.
Great little slice of Americana! Surprisingly interesting museum and friendly staff. The potatoes baking in the café smelled wonderful.
What a fun stop! The only people in the whole museum not enjoying themselves were the staff that were probably upset that their state has been reduced to this one stereotype. However, it was super interesting and I would recommend the stop!
This was a fun stop. Small but interesting. Loved the gift shop too. Definitely stop by. They were under construction when we stopped but they still let us through and most areas were open for viewing.
Dragged my teenager into here with much groaning and griping. Ended up having a really great time in here. Not too large and has a lot of fun little quirky things. Take the time to stop by here if you are in the area. You might just be surprised at how fun potatoes can be.
The community is also a nice little town where we were able to stop and walk around a bit which was a huge help after several hours in a car.
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Idaho Potato Museum & Gifts
- Sat: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Sun, Wed - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Mon, Tue: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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