Museums & Art Galleries
Sun Valley, America’s first destination ski resort, is the place where legends and lore collide. But don’t think being rich in history means it’s a wasteland of dust, rust and relics. One glimpse at the thriving art scene, with galleries and exhibitions that can (and do) hold their own against their contemporaries in Manhattan, Berlin, London or Los Angeles, will assure you that Sun Valley’s arts and culture scene is alive and very much of-the-now.
Join a free, almost monthly, meet-the-artist gallery walk and delve into the scene, meandering alongside fellow appreciators, serious patrons, and art-makers, between galleries featuring old masters (Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Miró, Magritte, and Calder) and contemporary groundbreakers.
Guided Tours: Private gallery tours for groups are available. Make inquiries and advance reservations with the Sun Valley Gallery Association.
- Sun Valley Museum of History- Located in the historic Forest Service Park, the museum buildings feature two exhibition spaces and a collections center. Under the library’s direction, the 1933 buildings, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will showcase exhibits that detail the region’s cultural heritage: from the first inhabitants, to miners and ranchers, to destination skiers, to artists and athletes. Our history is diverse, and we will tell that story through engaging exhibitions and powerful programs.
- Ore Wagon Museum- Every trip to Ketchum should include a visit to our unique train of towering, original ore wagons. Pulled by a string of mules, the wagons once traveled through Central Idaho’s mountains on dirt tracks, delivering mail, food and household goods to mining camps. Returning home, they were loaded down with galena ore of silver and lead, destined for Ketchum’s smelter. These remarkable wagons, now housed in their own museum (open in the summer at the corner of 5th and East Avenue), are accompanied by a display that brings their world to life. And every Wagon Days, the ore wagons thunder through our streets once again, hauled by a 20-mule team and brake crew as the grand finale!