Artifacts


Located in the heart of Palouse Country - home of the Appaloosa breed, the museum was established in 1975 to collect, preserve, study, and exhibit objects and information that Illustrate the history of the Appaloosa horse and its region of origin.

Exhibit themes range from early evidence of spotted horses in art and literature to the relationship between the Appaloosa and the Nez Perce Indians. A wall-sized map with explanations displays the retreat route of the Nez Perce from the mountains of Joseph and Enterprise, Oregon, to the Bear Paw mountains of Montana. Because of the efforts of early founders, such as Claude Thompson and George Hatley, the Museum is a historical record of the Appaloosa horse from the beginning of its registry to the high lights of today’s National Appaloosa Club. A visitor can become familiar with well-known successful horses and riders in all aspects of horse activity, racing, showing, endurance riding, and breeding.