A mosaic of cultural attractions can be found in this quaint, downtown area. Within an easy walk, discover the cultural renaissance that is shaping historic downtown Idaho Falls. Flourishing facilities include Willard Arts Center/Colonial Theater, The Museum of Idaho, and the
Idaho Falls Public Library.
Now, mix in art galleries, a theater that shows independent films, and some delightful public art. Then, add unique shopping experiences including locally-owned specialty shops and the renowned Chesbro Music Company (with the largest offering of printed music in the western United States), gift shops and antique stores.
Finally, top it off with a variety of great dining, wine shops, regular live entertainment, a stroll along the magnificent Snake River Greenbelt anf alls, and a visit to the wonderful Idaho Falls Visitor Center.
And don’t forget: the numerous public sculptures and
Art You Can Sit On. Sprinkled throughout the Cultural District are 20 original artistic benches…art you can sit on!
WILLARD ARTS CENTER & COLONIAL THEATER
450 A St.
Ticket sales & Gallery Hours:
Mon.-Fri., 11-5:00 pm, Sat., 10-4:00 pm
The Willard Arts Center features a beautiful art gallery showcasing regional to international talent, a children's art gallery, art classes, and the renovated 988-seat historic Colonial Theater, which offers Broadway musicals, country western, jazz, clasical, world, and pop music, as well as family theater. It is owned and operated by the Idaho Falls Arts Council, a private non-profit organization.
IIn the summer don't miss our free summer concerts on the Snake River Greenbelt every Tuesday night at 7 pm, and The Snake River Roaring Youth Jam, a three-day children's art festival the second weekend in August.
The ART MUSEUM of Easten Idaho
300 S Capital Ave.
Tues.-Sat., 11-5:00 pm
Visitors to the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho (TAM) are welcomed at the front entrance by the stunning public sculpture Eternal Momentum by Idaho artist Mark Stasz... and that's just the beginning! Art exhibits by Idaho artists as well as artists of national and international stature are featured throughout the year. TAM is home to the nationally recognized ARTworks art education program that places highly qualified art teachers in classrooms throughout eastern Idaho.
A Must See: TAM's gift shop offers exquisite jewelry, hand-woven baskets, cards, art books and other one-of-a-kind gifts. The friendly staff and volunteers help make the TAM experience a memorable one!
ACTOR'S REPERTORY THEATRE
257 W. Broadway
Since its inception 25 years ago, Actors' Repertory Theatre of Idaho (ARTI) has offered a yearly slate of plays ranging from established classics to cutting-edge comedy and drama from contemporary playwrights. Recent ARTI season have included The Laramie Project, Steel Magnolias, and Jake's Women.
EAGLE ROCK ART GUILD
287 Cliff Street
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Tues. - Friday 11-5:00 pm, plus special openings
ERAG supports art education and promotes the appreciation of fine arts, offering workshops, paint nights, demonstrations, and videos. The gallery features an array of work by their member artists.
IDAHO FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
457 W Broadway
Hours: M-Th 10 am- 9 pm / Fri & Sat 10 am- 6 pm
With a collection that exceeds 260,000, the Idaho Falls Public Library serves the community with a variety of up-to-date resources, along with programs and events for children, teens and adults. The library also features an artrium, gold fish pond, and Sister City Garden located in the middle of the building.
IDAHO FALLS SYMPHONY
450 A Street (located in the Willard Arts Center)
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Office Hours: M-F, 12:00-2:00pm.
Founded in 1949, the Idaho Falls Symphony is a flagship of cultural life in eastern Idaho. The orchestra today consists of approximately 100 amateur and professional musicians. The orchestra performs approximately eight subscription concerts per year and additional concerts throughout the region. The Idaho Falls Symphony supports, sponsors, and promotes the Eastern Idaho Youth Symphony.
IDAHO FALLS YOUTH SY MPHONY is made up of 9th through 12th graders, is governed by the Idaho Falls Symphony, and is dedicated to the education of
Eastern Idaho's youth through music. Contact David Burger, 523-1364.
MUSEUM OF IDAHO
200 North Eastern Ave.
Hours: Mon.-Tues. 9am to 8pm, Wed.-Sat. 9am to 5pm
The Museum of Idaho entertains and educates visitors from all over the world. Nationally acclaimed exhibitions such as A T-Rex Names Sue, World of the Pharaohs and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition provide educational and cultural opportunity for adults and children alike. The museum also features several permanent exhibits, including an interactive Children's Discovery Room, that hightlights local and regional Idaho history. The Museum of Idaho enhances the lives of children and adults by offering a variety of innovative, participatory and educational programs throughout the year.
Art You Can Sit On: 32 public benches created by artists out of a
variety of materials and depicting everything from trout to skateboards
are placed throughout the historic downtown.
Click here to see the benches and their locations.
Taylor’s Crossing: east side of the Snake River, just south of the intersection of River Parkway and Broadway. This is a full scale replica of the first bridge to carry settlers across the Snake River in Eagle Rock (since renamed Idaho Falls).
Fur Trapper: median intersection of Memorial and B Street. Artist Roy Reynolds has created a beautiful larger than life bronze sculpture.
Sister City Japanese Garden: located on the west side of the Snake River, just east of the Broadway Bridge, celebrating Idaho Falls “sister city” Tokai-mura, Japan.
Where the Red Fern Grows: front lawn of Public Library, 457 Broadway. This life sized bronze by artist Marilyn Hansen is based on the classic children's book.
Elegance in Art, 367 W Broadway St.
Willowtree Gallery, 210 Cliff Street
Blue Studio, 419 Park Ave
Kristi Sheriff Photography, 310 Park Ave
The Ballet Society, 472 Park
Idaho Falls School of Ballet, behind Great Harvest at 360 A Street
Eagle Rock Dance Academy, 451 River Parkway
Centre Theater, 461 Park Ave.
Chesbro Music Company, 327 Broadway
Musicare, 391 Broadway
Weaving, Spinning & Fiber Arts Guild, 482 Constitution
Park Avenue Antiques, 393 Park Ave.
Destinations Inn, 295 W Broadway
Yarn Connection, 415 Park Ave.
O.E. Bell Bldg, 151 N Ridge
Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation, 440 N Capital