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To learn about the Basque history and heritage, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center is a must-do. Established in 1985, the museum is the only Basque museum in the United States and its mission is to educate visitors on Basque history in Idaho and worldwide. The exhibits tell a narrative of the Basque history in northern Spain and shine a light on the Basque community that settled in Boise as sheepherders.

Recent visitors highlight the museum's small bar, where you can order Basque specialties like Kalimotxo, which is a mixture of Coke, red wine and ice. Others said it was fascinating learning about the unique culture both abroad and in Idaho, adding that the exhibits were interesting and informative.

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center is open from Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturdays, it's open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Admission costs $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and $3 for kids ages 6 to 12. Entrance is free for kids 5 and younger. You'll find the museum in downtown Boise in the Basque Block at 611 Grove Street; plenty of parking is available on-site and nearby. For more information, visit the Basque Museum & Cultural Center's website.

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