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“Warhawk Air Museum visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Warhawk Air Museum
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Nampa
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Owner description: The Warhawk Air Museum is a not for profit organization funded entirely by individual donations and private foundations. The mission of the museum is to teach and preserve America’s history during times of war from the home front to the war front and aviation history from the advent of flight through the space age. The Warhawk Air Museum encourages an educational experience about the technology, culture, and social changes that have occurred in North America during times of war.
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Warhawk Air Museum visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Spent almost two hours here yesterday. Very interesting. Many articles of clothing, weapons, photos, planes, posters, books, letters sent home to loved ones. A great place for a history lesson. The only negative thing I can say about the museum is there was no a/c in the museum (several big fans) itself so I got a little warm.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Boise, Idaho
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A collection, yes; a museum, no”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

The Warhawk Air Museum is an amazing collection of artifacts and history -- one that will keep a military history buff occupied for days, even in it's un-airconditioned, hangar-like environment (friends, heat works havoc on historical items, especially paper goods -- you need some climate-controlled display areas). Unfortunately, it's not a museum in the traditional sense of the word. It's more of an attic, and the donations of materials from individual veterans and surviving families confirms that impression. There's somewhat of an attempt to segregate artifacts from historical periods (WWI, WWII, Vietnam), but it's very difficult to zero in on particular aspects of each war (War in Europe, War in Pacific, Cold War, individual armies or divisions) and the cluttered displays are compromised by poor graphics, insufficient lighting, and excessive text. The clutter is overwhelming ... and somewhat mind-numbing. The place has a theme ... but it really doesn't tell a cohesive military warfare story for the average museum-goer. Vets will love the Warhawk Air Museum, especially the functioning planes that put on a real show, and it appears the place is a popular gathering spot for many volunteers who also served in the military. But it's in serious need of a professional curator who can "separate the wheat from the chaff" and create a logical, sequenced set of displays that educate, rather than simply functioning as a place for visitors to casually browse. Repetitively stuffing display cases with as many donated German helmets and U.S. Army knapsacks as possible might serve as popular entertainment, but it isn't a quality museum that tells a vital story that we need to re-learn with every succeeding generation.

Visited June 2013
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Exeter, NH
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

What a collection! Planes, posters, outfits, personal letters, many other things from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. I was especially touched by the German poster (in English) warning prisoners that escape "is not a game anymore." This was displayed along with a photo of a GI, his history as a POW, even his German-language file (whatever it said).

We spent 3 hours there and just scratched the surface.

Visited June 2013
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Missoula, Montana
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289 reviews
124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Lots to see at the Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

We just went to the Warhawk museum in Nampa, Idaho and enjoyed the experience. They have several planes in the hanger but the real interesting part are the stories. Members of the armed services donated their time, talent and interesting material on their stories of the wars. They have binders of stories as you walk in the hanger which is a must see. A short film is playing in which Bob Hope describes some of his adventures during WWII. Everybody, young and old will find something interesting to look at. Well worth the trip.

Visited May 2013
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Nampa, Idaho
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“Great for kids and adults alike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Go during their July 4th bash to see these old planes in flight! Tons of interesting history and machines. Worth the price.

Visited July 2012
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