Card Image
  • Night Tours
    06:00 pm to 10:00 PM

    Friday, November 16: 6-10pm (last admission 9pm)

    Old Pen staff and volunteers will be giving historical site tours at 6:30/7:00/7:30/8:00/8:30 (limited capacity/first come first served), or you are welcome to do a self-guided tour and explore the Old Pen on your own!

    Tickets are $10 each for Self-Guided Tours or Guided Tours. Each Guided Tour has a 35-person capacity, so guided tours may not be available with door purchases!

    No refunds or exchanges. Tickets are non-transferable (the person who purchased the tickets must be present).

    Tickets will be $12 each at the door. Tickets at the door will be subject to availability.

    All ages are welcome; but recommended for 13 and up. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather!

  • Museum Store Sunday
    10:00 am to 04:00 pm

    On Sunday, November 25, 2018, over 700 Museum Stores representing all fifty states, ten countries, and three continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. Museum Store Sunday offers a special shopping experience in one-of-a kind stores, showcasing broad assortments of highly curated, unique, mission-specific gifts. From books to jewelry to children’s products to home accessories and gourmet food, there is something for everyone. Shop knowing you are supporting the missions and programs of each participating museum and cultural institution.

    The M Store at the Idaho State Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary gift shop offer a range of thoughtfully selected products.. Browse a unique selection of Idaho-inspired items while enjoying special events for Museum Store Sunday!

    The Old Idaho Penitentiary Gift Shop will be offering a 10% discount on all purchases (20% for Idaho State Historical Society members), as well as a free stocking stuffer with purchase of $30 or more. Spend $30 and receive two passes to visit the Old Idaho Penitientiary and a free “Pen Pets” plush toy. Spend $50 or more and receive four passes plush the plush toy.

  • Homeschool Day
    10:00 AM to 5:00 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

  • Movie at the Museum: Miracle on 34th Street
    02:00 PM

    Bring your whole family to the Idaho State Museum for a matinee showing of Miracle on 34th Street. The 1947 classic holiday film stars Idaho’s own, Maureen O’Hara!

    Before and after the film, get an exclusive look at the museum’s new Maureen O’Hara collection featuring items spanning her career.

    Enjoy general admission seating and watch this heartwarming film under the glow of our historic stained glass dome in the beautiful Idaho Room. Also enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments, like hot chocolate and cookies. Activity pages will be available for young guests (and the young at heart!) during the film.

    After the movie, enjoy $3.00 off admission to the newly renovated Idaho State Museum!

    Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and children (under 18).

Events & Programs