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  • Homeschool Day
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    The Idaho State Museum offers a Homeschool Day the 4th Monday of every month. During Homeschool Days, admission for registered students is reduced to $3.00. The Idaho State Museum limits Homeschool Day registration to 90 students.

    Admission of 1 parent or chaperone to every 5 students is free. However, additional parents/chaperones will be charged $3 each.

    Students participate in our Exploring Idaho Program. Each student receives an Explorer Guide that is grade level aligned to help them think critically about the museum’s exhibits.

    Please direct questions to our education team at

  • Treasure Valley Reads: The “Cult of Domesticity” Meets the Reservation
    7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Join Dr. Amy Canfield for a presentation hosted by Treasure Valley Reads and the Idaho State Museum. Learn about the experiences of Shoshone-Bannock women living on the Fort Hall Reservation during assimilation efforts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Federal policies geared towards assimilating tribal members at this time largely concerned land. Regulations, such as the Dawes Act, took reservation lands from the tribal whole and allotted parcels to individuals. At a time of separate roles for men and women in “mainstream” U.S. culture, the new gendered norms imposed by these policies resulted in dramatic changes to the roles of tribal women within their societies and families. They challenged these new expectations in a variety of ways. By examining women’s experiences at Fort Hall, we can see how race, class, gender, and culture all intersected.

    Due to the nature of the topic, this presentation is for guests 18 and older.

    Presentation is free, regular admission prices for access to the museum.

  • Idaho Women 100 Launch
    1:00 P.M. to 1:45 P.M.

    Join the Idaho State Historical Society and Idaho Women in Leadership as they launch the Idaho Women 100 campaign on March 28, 2019, in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol, from 1:00 p.m.- 1:45 p.m.  First Lady Teresa Little will make opening remarks and invite organizations and community members to participate in Idaho Women 100. Idaho Women 100 is a commemoration and celebration of the national centennial anniversary of the women’s right to vote, happening across Idaho in 2020.

    This statewide campaign is a collective effort to highlight Idaho’s early role in the National suffrage movement, honor historic and current women of Idaho, and foster women leaders of the future. Organizations throughout the state are encouraged to endorse the campaign and take action at the local level.

  • First Thursday On the Spot Talks and Story Time at the Museum
    05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

    Enjoy free admission from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Idaho State Museum for First Thursday in April!

    Ever wonder how we reimagined new Idaho State Museum? Join the team for On the Spot Talks at 5:15, 6:15, and 6:45 for a behind the scenes look at select exhibits! After exploring, spend some quality time with Geronimo, Idaho’s very own parachuting beaver, for family story time at 5:30 and 6:30.

  • Idaho: The Land and its Animals at Zoo Boise!
    12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Explore Idaho’s history through its creatures and landscapes! Whether they galloped, crawled, or flew, Idaho’s animals have had a paw, hoof, and claw in shaping our state.

    Join the Idaho State Museum team from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Zoo Boise and learn more about our relationship with the wildlife of the Gem State!

    Regular Zoo Boise admission.

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