Friends of the Museum

The Appaloosa Museum is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1975 to collect, preserve, study, and exhibit objects and information illustrating Appaloosa horse history and its place in our lives and those of our ancestors. Museum support is funded by donations from the Appaloosa Horse Club, private donations, gift shop sales, and by individuals like you.

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The actual development of the Appaloosa breed is set on the Palouse, but it has a legacy extending back thousands of years into the art and history of Europe and Asia and on into the development of the West. Today the breed is celebrated by many national and international organizations.

The Museum shares the Appaloosa story through exhibits, a reading library, education programs and tours. Roughly 600 students each year learn the history of Idaho’s State horse. We have interactive educational areas, including a new indoor tipi, and monthly changing craft projects.

The Appaloosa Museum also hosts book signings, joint efforts with local historical groups, and annually: Appy Festival, and a holiday party with Santa and his Appaloosa.


The Appaloosa Museum  holds the history of the Appaloosa horse. Located in the heart of Palouse Country, visitors come from all over the world to see and enjoy the heritage of this particular spotted horse.
The Museum is an historical record of the Appaloosa from the beginning of its registry to the highlights of today’s Appaloosa Horse Club, due to the efforts of early founders such as Claude Thompson and George Hatley. Museum visitors learn about the storied history of the spotted horse, along with well-known horses and riders in all aspects of modern equine activity including racing, showing, endurance riding and breeding. The Museum also has an activity center for our younger visitors who can learn about the world of the Appaloosa through age-appropriate activities. The Museum also hosts a summer festival which includes a short ride atop a gentle spotted horse and a winter holiday open house where Santa arrives on his colorful steed.
How does a city the size of Moscow, Idaho, support such an attractive gem? The Appaloosa Horse Club donations and other regular donations provide the Museum with a solid foundation. However, those funds are not sufficient for the growth and outreach goals of the Museum, which include acquisition of new artifacts, rotating displays and increased educational programs for Appaloosa Museum visitors of all ages. Therefore, I am inviting you to join a select group of individuals who value history, museums, educational programs, the Appaloosa horse and the beautiful Palouse country. Your help is needed to maintain and support the Appaloosa Museum. One hundred percent of your pledge amount goes to sustaining the Museum and is fully tax-deductible.
I hope you will accept this invitation to be a participating friend of the Appaloosa Museum. If you would like additional information, please contact us at 208-882-5578 or via email at
Appaloosa Museum Board of Directors
Friend of the Appaloosa Museum