The Museum of North Idaho (MNI) has been collecting and interpreting objects that represent the lives of The Coeur d’Alene Region for more than 50 years. Our collections reflect the area’s culture and heritage and include about 8,000 artifacts, 36,300 photographs, and archives and a library of about 7,000 items. Additionally, MNI is the largest publisher of regional history books. MNI serves over 6,000 visitors, 1,200 middle/ high school students, and 800 4th grade students during the 7 months we are able to be open to the public. In a new space, MNI will be able to serve citizens year-round. MNI moved the historic J.C. White House to the base of Tubbs Hill. The new museum will enrich the fabric of the community because 1). Museums create a vibrant economy by attracting outside investment and driving tourism. 2). Museums are educational institutions that create learning experiences and provide tools for communication. 3). Museums define our civic identity. Curators construct exhibits tailored to creating ongoing dialog and inspire visitors to create a positive change in our community. 4). Museums ensure deeper understanding and foster an appreciation for various groups and cultures. Through better understanding our collective heritage, we better understand ourselves.