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Museum Education

Idaho State Historical Museum Education Programs

Two girls roping cows during an education program.

Education Program Fun

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Museum Outreach

Outreach reservations begin November 2015

Two outreach programs will be available this year during our renovation – Native Americans: Hunting and Gathering and Oregon Trial: What Is It? – for grades fourth and above.  The first visit is free and a second visit will be $25 per class. The programs will be available one day a week mid-November through May with reservations being accepted in November.

Please watch this page for upcoming information.  If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Morfit, Education Coordinator at or 208-780-5185.

Other Field Trip Opportunities and Programs

Old Idaho Penitentiary

The Old Pen offers educational tour programs to 4th grade through high school-age children August through May every year.  Guided tours cover the 100 plus year history of the site and include information about the history of social justice in Idaho as well as daily life at the penitentiary.  Expect two hours for your total tour experience.  Reservations should be made by phone at least one month in advance of your visit.  We can accommodate as few as ten and as many at 140 students, teachers, and adult chaperones at one time.  Please call 208-334-2844 to book your tour today.

Idaho State Archives Research Center and Lincoln Tours

The Abraham Lincoln – His Legacy in Idaho permanent exhibit is located at the Idaho State Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.  Self-guided tours are available during Idaho State Archives Research Center hours:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.  The exhibit will accommodate up to 20 occupants.  Guided tours must be scheduled well in advance.  Guided tours take approximately one hour, and can be scheduled to take place Mondays through Fridays, between 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.  Mornings are best, between 9 and 11 a.m.; thereafter the Research Center opens to the general public (11 a.m.).  Please check our website for current hours and holiday or special closures: .  For additional information, contact Steve Barrett at 208-514-2324 or

National History Day

National History Day (NHD) is a year-long curricular program that engages students grades 4-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. The program is incorporated into history and social studies programs at the elementary, middle and high school level. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national events. This yearlong academic adventure fosters students' enthusiasm for learning and their love for history. National History Day teaches the skills individuals need for a successful future. The Idaho State Historical Society provides support to teachers interested in implementing NHD in their classroom, including teacher workshops, curriculum materials and classroom visits. Please contact Susan Dittus at 208-780-5190 or

Idaho State Capitol

Free guided tours, run through the Legislative Services Office, are available to groups with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 50. Tours are 1 hour and 15 minutes and are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance and a maximum of 6 months in advance.  To schedule a tour, please contact 332-1012 or email  Virtual tours can also be scheduled at this number.