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“A fascinating celebration of a remarkable man and his work”

Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Cente
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Sagle
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Reviewed 26 June 2015

The Bird Museum is hidden away in rural North Idaho, several miles off Highway 95 at the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene, and if you did not know it was there, you could not possibly find it by accident. This is a great shame, because the museum deserves to be very much better known. It is run by volunteers, but the exhibits are of a high standard. They are well-presented, clearly labelled and described, and organised in a logical and coherent way.

The museum is in two parts. One highlights Dr Bird's pioneering work as the inventor of the artificial respirator which bears his name, and which has saved countless lives. It also acknowledges the importance of inventors in general, with quotes from numerous American inventors ranging from Ed Lowe, the creator of kitty litter, to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers.

The other part of the museum is a celebration of aviation, a life-long passion of Dr Bird, and includes several lovingly-restored classic aircraft as well as exhibits marking the contributions of women aviators and African-American aviators in World War 2.

The museum is free to enter, though a donation is encouraged. We were welcomed by two friendly and knowledgable docents who gave us a brief introduction to the life and work of Dr Bird which greatly enhanced our appreciation of the museum.

If you find yourself in the vicinity of Sandpoint or Coeur d'Alene, and you have an interest in aviation or inventors, I strongly recommend that you take a couple of hours to visit this splendid little museum.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 20 June 2015

We live near the Bird Museum, and were good friends with the amazing Dr.Forrest Bird.
He is 93 years old, has every rating a pilot could have. He invented the G suit that help save our
pilots during the 2 WW. They were able to withstand the many G forces that drained the blood from
their brain, so the wouldn't black out during high speed turns while flying. Dr. Bird also was the inventor of the Baby Bird Respirator, which saved the lives of many newborn babies.
In his museum, he has various WWII vintage planes, cars, and artifax relating to that period.
There is also a cafe on premise, where good food is prepared daily.
The docents there are very knowledgable about what you see at the museum. They will tell you
all about the various planes, etc...
The schools in area make many day trips to the museum.
A must to see if your in the Sandpoint Area

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Charles B
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Reviewed 3 April 2015

Awesome!! Not very popular from what I hear. Excellent attraction. Shows the true spirit on inventions and aviation.

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank alanstoinski
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

We've been hearing about the Bird museum from our friends. We took some friends and pilot visiting from Texas. What a great collection, sure it's a little smaller exhibit then most but still some great planes and a few cars for you gear heads. We were met by a very nice gentleman named Loren who
took the time and gave us a guided private tour of the collection. The upstairs inventors collection was awesome everything from the guy who invented kitty litter to Dr Birds breathing machines that changed medical history. So if your feeling the cabin fever get out and go visit the Bird Aviation Museum. Enjoy!!!

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank 03GWing
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

Wonderful museum for people of all ages. This museum will facinate people of all interests as well. WW II, military, planes, science, health, antique cars, inventions from Barbie to Apple computer. Fun stuff! We learn something new each time we visit.

Date of experience: February 2014
Thank NurseKarRN
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