The Wallace Museums make a pass

WALLACE – With summer in full swing, it’s a great time to experience the local history that the towns scattered throughout the Silver Valley have to offer.

All three nonprofit museums in the historic Wallace community, which include the Wallace District Mining Museum, the Barnard-Stockbridge Museum and the Northern Pacific Depot Museum, are now offering passes.

Tammy Copelan, who works for the Wallace District Mining Museum and the Barnard-Stockbridge Museum, came up with this idea about three years ago, but so far it hasn’t materialized.

“A lot of big cities offer passes for different attractions and it made sense for us to do that here as well.”

The goal of the Wallace District Mining Museum is to tell the story of the Coeur d’Alene mining district through written, graphic and three-dimensional objects and documents. The museum was founded in 1956 and offers visitors over 50 exhibits, over 5,000 photos and maps, and a unique mine simulation experience.

The Barnard-Stockbridge Museum website explains that this is a collection of large format photographs taken by Thomas Barnard and Nellie Stockbridge in their studio and community between 1893-1965. The original collection of over 200,000 photos has been housed in the Special Collections Unit of the University of Idaho Library. The photograph collection is considered the finest photographic collection in the Northwestern United States and one of the county’s top seven collections. Previously, the photos were published in a smaller format for viewing in local newspapers, but the museum has expanded their size, to better see the details of the photographs and better understand Nellie Stockbridge’s photographic ability. The museum is currently displaying an exhibition of “Ladies Up, Down”, which features portraits of local madams and sex workers from that era.

The Northern Pacific Depot Museum is dedicated to showing the rich history of the railroad in the Coeur d’Alene mining district and the depot itself. The museum takes you back to a time when railways were the primary means of transportation. The castle-style depot houses the museum and gift shop and is an excellent example of Wallace’s unique and historic architecture. Additionally, the museum features a replica of a working railroad agent’s bedroom, where you can talk on a real 1908 telephone.

Local businesses that want to help can sponsor the museum pass for a month.

“Fowl Mouths has sponsored next month and is offering 10% off everything for those who have the pass. We have previously been sponsored by Cogs Gastro Pub and Muchacos Tacos,” Coplan said.

The museum pass can be purchased at any of the three museums and is usable for 24 hours. The cost is $10 for individuals and $20 for families.

The Wallace District Mining Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 509 Bank Street. For more information, visit

The Barnard-Stockbridge Museum is located at 312 Fourth St. and will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

The Northern Pacific Depot Station is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 219 Sixth St. For more information, visit

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