Day Trippin': Southern Idaho museums

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On this week’s Day Trippin’, we suggest a couple of museums in southern Idaho.

First, the Hagerman Valley Historical Society Museum in Hagerman and the Herrett Center on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls. The Hagerman Museum is known as “the biggest little museum in Idaho.” It’s open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

The Hagerman Museum has an excellent replica of the Hagerman Horse, which resided in the area approximately 3.5 million years ago, when the climate and environment were much different than today.

The museum also has an excellent arrowhead collection from Native American tribes that frequented the area for thousands of years. And it has artifacts left behind by settlers, homesteaders and people traveling through southern Idaho on the Oregon Trail.

The Herrett Museum has the Faulkner Planetarium, an extensive natural history collection and the Jean King Gallery of contemporary art. It is open Tuesday-Saturday.

“Titans of the Ice Age” is currently playing in the Faulkner Planetarium … giving people a glimpse of what might have been like during the ice age about 10,000 years ago.

The natural history collection features the Huntington Canyon Mammoth, an exhibit on Native American fishing, buckskins and beads from Native American tribes that frequented southern Idaho and more.

School groups are encouraged to visit both museums. Be sure to call ahead to schedule a visit.

That’s this week’s Day Trippin’.

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