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Old Mission State Park

Interstate 90, Exit 39, Cataldo, ID 83810
+1 208-682-3814
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Beautiful & historic!

A beautiful and historic experience. So glad I was able to learn about this part of North West... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gig Harbor, Washington
Wanted To See It Forever!

I studied about Cataldo in Idaho history in the 4th grade. Some 65+ years later I finally got to... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Steve H
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The Old Mission (Mission of the Sacred Heart) is the oldest standing building in Idaho.
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Interstate 90, Exit 39, Cataldo, ID 83810
+1 208-682-3814
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful and historic experience. So glad I was able to learn about this part of North West history. I will say as others have said that many of the buildings are clearly in need of a coat paint just to survive the winter. Sad...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

I studied about Cataldo in Idaho history in the 4th grade. Some 65+ years later I finally got to see it. My wife and mother were with me.We were in awe with the construction methods! The grounds were spotless. The oldest building in Idaho will...More

1  Thank Steve H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We went into the Visitor Center first and were looking forward to seeing the Old Mission up on the hill in all its glory. Frankly, the exhibits and photos in the Visitor Center (including the one on TripAdvisor) have either been cleverly doctored or taken...More

2  Thank 523SM523
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This is an extremely interesting place. The mission church is the oldest building in Idaho, and speaks in a particularly direct way to the early contact between Native Americans and Europeans (in this case a Belgian missionary). De Smet seems to have been one busy...More

1  Thank Thomas F
Reviewed 1 August 2017

I last visited this grand old building when just 8 years old and now I revisited again with my family of 4. We loved walking through the buildings and imagining what this place was like back in the old days. The walking trails were fun...More

1  Thank Andrew V
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Wonderful old mission to visit and imagine how life was when there were many more buildings to include school and orphanage. Walking path with markers is nice break complete with cemetery stones. The museum is much larger than you think and expanded on the relationship...More

1  Thank Jan D
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We enjoyed our visit here. There was so much information and history to learn. The price is also very inexpensive.

1  Thank Judy S
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Definitely worth a trip to experience a piece of Idaho history. Informative video playing at the visitors center is very interesting and worth the 20 or so minutes you'll spend watching. The grounds are beautiful and the mission itself is wonderful to experience.

1  Thank Kristen R
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This is our 3rd or 4th visit over the years. This visit was much enhanced by the movie in the visitors center (either missed it earlier or is new). Movie made the visit to the actual church and parsonage(?) more meaningful. Only slight disappointment was...More

1  Thank usdeputysurveyor
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This old mission has been restored and there are many information boards explaining historical details. The parsonage is also open for self-guided tours. The state has a museum that is very modern. It is a history of the Catholic Church mission to the native Americans...More

Thank Orphie27
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Robert M
24 June 2016|
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Response from Ashton S | Reviewed this property |
You can bring leashed dogs, but they are not allowed in the Visitors Center or in any of the historic buildings.
27 June 2015|
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Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm – April through September Winter hours are 10 am to 3 pm – October through March Closed major holidays in the winter According to their web page as of today (June 27, 2015). But might always... More