Current Exhibitions

Champions and Chairlifts: Sun Valley Ski History from 1930 to 2010

Champions and Chairlifts: Sun Valley Ski History from 1930 to 2010 exhibit at the museum, January 3 - June 2, 2018
Take a trip down memory lane and view the exhibit on Sun Valley ski history at the Sun Valley Museum of History. The exhibit showcases local ski history, including ski fashion, equipment trends, the ski school, and racing accomplishments. Make new discoveries about your local slopes. The displays are organized by decade, starting with the 1930s and the early years of Sun Valley. Read More...

January 3, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of the arrival of railroad transportation into Ketchum, Idaho, in 1884, The Community Library’s debut museum exhibition, Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley, opened Thursday, July 10, 2014. This premiere exhibit of the Sun Valley Museum of History (SVMoH) explains how the economic and sociocultural impacts of the railroad helped to shape the Wood River Valley. Museum visitors travel through various eras: from the prehistory of early peoples, to the history of mining and ranching, to the destination resort that Sun Valley is today. The railroad theme serves as the connection to understanding Sun Valley’s unique history. This exhibit was made possible by the generous support of the Wattis Dumke Foundation and the Idaho State Historical Society.         Read More...

July 10, 2014 - Ongoing

Ernest Hemingway at Home in Idaho

  Ernest Hemingway in Sun Valley Ernest Hemingway’s first visit to Sun Valley was on September 20, 1939.  Averell Harriman, Chairman of the Board of Union Pacific Railroad, wanted to attract people to the new Sun Valley Resort in summer and fall seasons in addition to winter.  Lloyd Arnold and Gene Van Guilder thought Hemingway, with his love for hunting and fishing, would be a natural to publicize these other seasons.  Hemingway was offered the Sun Valley guest facilities at no cost for two years in the fall in return for helping publicize Sun Valley. Hemingway arrived in Sun Valley with Martha Gellhorn – at that time his second marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer was on the rocks.  His primary interest was to work on his book about the Spanish Civil War.  He was not interested in trout fishing – too… Read More...

Ongoing Exhibit

Past Exhibitions

The Lucky Ones

Shot by Boise photographer Madeline Scott, “The Lucky Ones” is a unique photo-journalism exhibit chronicling the arrival of refugees to Boise between February and April… Read More...

October 18, 2017 - December 9, 2017

Firelines: The Story of Wildland Fires in the American West

The Community Library’s Sun Valley Museum of History’s exhibition, Firelines: The Story of Wildland Fires in the American West, is open through October 7, 2017.… Read More...

June 7, 2017 - October 14, 2017

Don and Gretchen Fraser: The Ski Community’s Gold Standard

Living as examples of the Olympic athletic ideal beyond competition, Olympic Skiing Gold Medalist, Gretchen, and husband, Olympic skier, Don, demonstrated not only excellence in… Read More...

January 1, 2017 - May 30, 2017


WaterWays, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute. WaterWays is an interactive exhibit that explores water as a critical scientific and cultural resource. In addition… Read More...

July 16, 2016 - August 27, 2016

Portraits from Standing Rock

The Portraits from Standing Rock exhibition featured photographs by Jen Rosenstein and text by Molly Larkey. They visited Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, North… Read More...

2017 - June 13, 2017

Refugee Portrait Project

photographs by Ken Bingham  

2016 - February 2017