General

Clearwater Historical Museum
315 College Avenue
Orofino, Idaho 83544

From Highway 12 (mile marker 44) cross the bridge into Orofino, go 3 blocks on Michigan Avenue to A Street, turn right onto A Street, go one block to College Avenue, turn left onto College Avenue, the museum is the first house on the right. The Clearwater Historical Museum sign is in the front yard.

  • Summer Hours: May thru Sept, Tuesday thru Saturday, 12:30 to 5:30
  • Winter Hours: Oct thru May, Tuesday thru Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30
  • Our collections include Clearwater County plus a few communities close by
  • Nez Perce Indian artifacts, early mining in this area, logging, homesteading, cities, towns, villages, Lewis & Clark Expedition

From October thru May the museum gives programs on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Avista Auditorium at 1051 Michigan Avenue in Orofino. The subjects relate to the history of this area. An article is placed in the Clearwater Tribune, Window on the Clearwater and Facebook to give information as to who the speaker will be. The public is invited.

During the Clearwater County Fair & Lumberjack Days in September we give our Annual Ice Cream Social. It is the Saturday of the fair from 2:00 to 4:00PM in the museum. We serve ice cream and have a group of musicians who play old time music in the back yard for you. There is room to dance if you like. The public is invited.

Tours are given upon request during business hours. In some cases tours can be arranged off hours by contacting the museum, chmuseum@frontier.com or call (208)476-5033 during business hours.

Schools can request programs to be given in the classroom or at the museum when arranged in advance. Contact the museum to make arrangements. chmuseum@frontier.com or call (208)476-5033 during business hours.

This area was originally part of Washington Territory; in 1861 a new county was formed because of the mining boom. Washington Territory, County of Shoshone was established. Idaho Territory was founded in 1863 so we were Idaho Territory, County of Shoshone. This area was then annexed to Nez Perce County in 1904, and Clearwater County was established in 1911.