Melba, Idaho: Swayne's Ferry Museum

Pappy Swayne's Museum includes a selection of mildly strange sculptures, plus one memorable totem pole and Pappy's grave.
Address:
2048 Hwy 45 S., Melba, ID
Directions:
About 15 miles south of Nampa on Hwy 45, just south of Ferry Road. Turn left (east) at Dan's Ferry Service before crossing the river.
Hours:
Daily 8-8 (Call to verify)
Phone:
208-495-2507
Admission:
Donation
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Swayne's Ferry Museum

Pappy Swayne's Museum is a rather eclectic assortment of sculptures, rock houses, religious and philosophical sayings, gardens, animals and antiques, nature walk and burial ground. After Swayne died in 1976, his widow began adding bronze pieces by artist Gary Price. Set alongside the Snake River the museum offers a whimsical view of almost everything in life. Peacocks strut through the property. A great place to take kids.

[Mike Maher, 06/16/2012]

Don't overlook the totem pole out front with what we assume is a life-size carving of bow-tied Pappy Swayne.

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