Welcome to the Sun Valley Museum of History.

In February of 2014, the Community Library Association in Ketchum, Idaho began an exciting new program when it assumed operation of the former Ski and Heritage Museums. The Ketchum / Sun Valley Historical Society worked closely with the Library’s Board of Trustees and administration to transact this change in an effort to strengthen the museum’s presence in the community. The City of Ketchum—from the mayor to council members to Parks and Recreation staff—joined the effort, while the community enthusiastically supported it. This collaborative project presents tremendous opportunities for Sun Valley to share its rich historical traditions with local residents and visitors alike.

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.

Current 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 of 2017, and their subsequent…Read More...

October 18, 2017 - December 9, 2017

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…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…Read More...

Ongoing Exhibit

Tour Maps

Hemingway Tour Map

Historic Ketchum Tour Map

Historical tour maps for Ketchum and Sun Valley.