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Idaho State Museum Camps

Kids Playing and Having Fun, Camp at the Idaho State Museum in Downtown Boise

Spring & Summer Camps at the Idaho State Museum!

Camps are a great way to provide hands-on learning opportunities for your family! Have a blast with camps at the Idaho State Museum. Experience history like never before as you play, explore, and make new friends. Spring and Summer camps are offered annually at the Idaho State Museum near the heart of downtown Boise. Register for week-long camps or single-day camps online. Camp activities incorporate STEM learning and tie into K-5 learning curriculum. 

The Idaho State Museum has a limited number of 2023 Summer Camp Scholarships Available. To apply, please complete the application and submit to

COVID Protocols for Camps:

  • All camps will be kept to a 20-student maximum.
  • Activities will take place in the classroom as well as outside in the Museum’s Pioneer Village space and Julia Davis Park. Lunch will be eaten outside each day.
  • The museum is following CDC guidance regarding masking and social distancing.
  • Classroom spaces and the Museum’s Exhibits are sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitizer and handwashing will be encouraged.
  • If a camper or anyone in their immediate family is feeling ill, please stay home! Parents or guardians can email or call 208-334-2120 and we will work to place you in another day of camp when you are feeling better.

2023 Summer Camps

Camp Pricing

$70/camper per day, non-members | $60/camper per day, ISHS members

Receive a $15 discount for signing up for all three days by entering discount code “ALL3” at checkout. 

Free time for campers offered 8am to 9am and 4pm to 5pm

Ages 6-11 | 8am-5pm  

Dinosaurs once walked in Boise, marine reptiles swam in Lewiston, and volcanoes spewed forth lava near Pocatello. Campers will learn about Idaho’s amazing geologic past that stretches back hundreds of millions of years. There will be a mini fossil dig, rock and mineral identification, geode cracking, and more!   

Ages 6-11 | 8am-5pm  

How do you express yourself? How did people express themselves in the past? Throughout Idaho’s history there have always been makers and creators working in a variety of mediums. Campers will learn about different Idaho artists and methods and leave confident in their creator abilities!    

Ages 6-11 | 8am-5pm  

How did children pass time before the PS5? Put yourself in the shoes of children from Idaho—from the deep past to now! Campers will build toys using simple materials, play games from a wide variety of cultures in Idaho, and celebrate school spirit.  

Ages 6-11 | 8am-5pm  

What do Lewis and Clark and flying beavers have in common? Come get wild with us at the Idaho State Museum to find out! Campers will explore the wild landscapes that make Idaho such a unique state. Travel through the Museum’s exhibits and learn about the plants, animals, and people that call these places home. 

Ages 6-11 | 8am-5pm  

Explore the Roots of Wisdom exhibit, here through September 2023, and much more! Campers will build a river, listen to and share campfire stories, and try their hand at weaving. Join us in play and investigation to learn how Native Nations protect and restore the environment in Idaho.  

Ages 6-11 | 8am-5pm  

Water is essential to life and essential to having fun! From dams to rafting down rivers, campers will float a boat, pan for gold, and learn about aquatic creatures in Idaho! Be prepared to make a splash.  

2023 Partner Summer Camps

Ages 11-17 | 9am-2:30pm

Calling the next Ken Burns! How do historians communicate stories about the past? Though books and articles continue to educate people about the past, documentary films about history have increased in recent decades. Campers will learn about documentary film making, the history of film in Idaho, how to conduct historical research, and will create history-focused film projects! Registration required through NW

Film Camp.


Pricing $350 for non-members, $300 for ISHS members 

Contact us at for ISHS member discount code 

Register through NW Film Camp: 

Ages 7-11 | 9am-4pm

Pricing $450 for non-members, $420 for member of any institution  

Register through Discovery Center of Idaho:


Explore Julia Davis Park! Visit a different cultural institution each day. Partners include: Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, Idaho State Museum, and the Discovery Center of Idaho. A detailed schedule will be provided. Participants will begin and end each day at the Idaho State Museum. Registration required through Discovery Center of Idaho at and registration deadline is July 30, 2023. 

Camp Refunds

If you cancel your registration prior to two weeks before the session date you will receive a full refund. Cancellations within the two-week window will be subject to partial refunds on a case-by-case basis.

If a camper or anyone in their immediate family is feeling ill, please stay home! Parents or guardians can email or call 208-334-2120 and we will work to place you in another day of camp when you are feeling better.

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