Museums & Art Galleries
Sun Valley’s multi-faceted history encompasses legendary mountain men, the largest sheep-producing area in the United States, the first chairlift, home of legendary artists, writers, and the Hollywood elite, and of course America’s first destination ski resort.
Our local museum pays homage to this vibrant history. Stop by the Sun Valley Museum of History (corner of First & Washington in Forest Service Park) to view relics of Sun Valley’s past.
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is the oldest arts organization in the valley and presents a broad scope of year-round programming, including museum-quality exhibitions at facilities in Ketchum and Hailey. The Center has an innovative exhibition history and is one of five institutions in Idaho to have accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
Every trip to Ketchum should include a visit to our unique train of towering, original ore wagons. Pulled by a string of mules, the wagons once traveled through Central Idaho’s mountains on dirt tracks, delivering mail, food and household goods to mining camps. Returning home, they were loaded down with galena ore of silver and lead, destined for Ketchum’s smelter. These remarkable wagons, now housed in their own museum (open on Fridays at 11:30am- at the corner of 5th and East Avenue), are accompanied by a display that brings their world to life. And every Wagon Days, the ore wagons thunder through our streets once again, hauled by a 20-mule team and brake crew as the grand finale!
The sophistication of Sun Valley's thriving art scene is obvious from the range of work you’ll find in our art galleries at any given time - from modern masters to renowned contemporary artists. Monthly gallery walks allow visitors to meander from gallery to gallery, meeting friends and discovering artists. Visitors can stroll through the many area art galleries that are open throughout the evening.
Sun Valley's art galleries are some of the most unique in the west. Artists from all over the world are represented in over 20 local galleries, and the art ranges from depictions of local beauty to works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Miró, Magritte, and Calder.
The galleries located throughout Sun Valley and Ketchum feature a wide variety of fine arts and crafts, watercolors, sculptures, and oil paintings. Evening Gallery Walks, held throughout the year, offer an opportunity to view new exhibits and visit with many of the artists. Visit www.svgalleries.org for a map and more details.
Gallery Walk Dates
Gallery Walks run from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
February 13, Friday
March 13, Friday
May 23, Saturday
July 10, Friday
August 7, Friday
September 4, Friday
December 26, Saturday
Pre-arranged private gallery tours are available to interested groups and organizations. Contact the Sun Valley Gallery Association for more information.