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Idaho Potato Museum & Gifts

130 NW Main St., Blackfoot, Idaho 83221 USA

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“In The Potato Capital of the World”

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 Famous 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 crisp 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. The museum is located in downtown Blackfoot, Idaho at 130 NW Main St. Parking with ADA access and plenty of room for Motor Coaches and RV’s. Relax in the small park with a picnic area. The next time you’re in “The Potato Capital of the World,” or just passing through, please take some time to tour the Idaho Potato Museum.

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Reviewed by
Krystal Bailey

  • Road Warrior
  • 19 Reviews
  • 72 Helpful
June 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

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!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Desmand13

  • 9 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
January 18, 2018
Rated 5.0

If you have time, it is a great stop! I would definitely do it again! I had a blast and learned a lot! $4 per person. Well worth it

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
stephen.horne

  • 9 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
June 08, 2015
Rated 4.0

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!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
indy_miami

  • 26 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 03, 2017
Rated 3.0

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.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
chrispawluk

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
April 26, 2014

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.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tim

  • 16 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 16, 2019
Rated 4.0

A fun quick stop for a $1.99 baked potato and a photo with the big one outside.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Rakker

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
May 27, 2019
Rated 5.0

Fun museum with a little cafe. Nice way to stretch your legs and get out of the car for bit. We stopped here for an hour and it was more than enough time.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jordantuulauulu

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 10, 2019
Rated 4.0

This was such a cute little stop on our road trip! It’s a good opportunity to take a break and stretch your legs, though I wouldn’t drive out of our way to come here, it’s fairly small and we went through it pretty quick.

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Reviewed by
Stacy Long

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  • 0 Helpful
December 24, 2018
Rated 4.0

We love potatoes and we really enjoyed our visit here. We were the only ones in the place so we were able to wander around while learning all about potatoes.

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Reviewed by
tamigreen

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 29, 2018
Rated 5.0

This was a great little museum. Worth the stop!

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Idaho Potato Museum & Gifts

130 NW Main St.
Blackfoot, Idaho
83221 USA

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Closed Now
  • 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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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • RV Parking
  • Free Parking

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