“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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
A fun quick stop for a $1.99 baked potato and a photo with the big one outside.
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.
Great rest stop to see fun and interesting things with kids and family.
There is coffee and potato food/snacks inside including ice cream, cupcakes, etc.
Nice parking for RV’s and gas station near by.
The tweens in our group were caught engrossed in some of the activities and even laughing. This was the best experience i have had taking my nephews to any museum. My husband was right along with the kids engrossed in the activities.
We easily took 20- 30 pictures at a stop i thought we were going to breeze through with just a stop for the potato out front. GREAT place to go.
Just loved it! Neat history and education about farming practices. I’ll never look at a potato the same way again. They even give “free taters for out-of-staters”! French fries in the cafe were great. An overall great hour!
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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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