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Capitol Changing Exhibits

Exhibits that Feature Idaho Artists and Organizations Throughout the State

Idaho’s Capitol building truly is the “People’s House."  Changing exhibition galleries provide an exciting opportunity for artists and organizations to feature their creative work and histories.  We encourage your interest in learning about the Capitol Changing Exhibition program; for more information on the program or the Capitol Usage guidelines, please e-mail the Capitol Curator, or call (208) 891-7617. You can also click here for a pdf copy located on the Capitol Commission website.

Temporary Exhibit Program

While on the Garden Level, take a look at the 2_D temporary exhibits along the hallways of the legislative wings.  Throughout the year, the Historical SocietyGarden Level 2D changing exhibit space changes these exhibits that feature the works of artists from across the state.

Statuary Hall was restored during the Capitol Project and is now a light filled 3-D changing exhibition space. Like the Garden Level, this temporary exhibit space features the artistic talent of Idaho in addition to the Capitol Historic Tree project.

Current Exhibition

Picturing Idaho is a free exhibit in the Garden Level of the Idaho Statehouse. The exhibit features historic moments across Idaho captured in black and white photographs from the Idaho State Archives collection and can be viewed through the 2018 Legislative Session.

ArtsGrowLearning is a free exhibit located on the fourth floor of the Capitol building in Statuary Hall. This exhibits highlights student visual art, dance, creative writing/storytelling and media arts created through the Idaho Capitol Commission on the Arts ArtsPowered Schools program. The Capitol building is open to the public Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Statuary Hall

Capitol Historic Trees Project

During restoration of the capitol, workers had to remove several historic trees, including those planted by presidents Benjamin Harrison in 1891 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.  Representative Max Black spearheaded an effort to save the lumber and created a unique program to use it.  He offered Idaho artisans the opportunity to create objects and furniture from the wood and donate the pieces to the collection of the Idaho State Historical Society.  Visitors can enjoy a changing exhibit in Statuary Hall of the more than 200 items crafted from the historic trees.

Garden Level Display Cases

Capitol Garden Level Display CaseInterested in highlighting your organization for longer than a day? The Garden Level Display Cases provide organizations and individuals with a unique opportunity for a small temporary exhibit in the Garden Level Central Rotunda throughout the year. These display cases can be reserved through the Capitol Curator.

Featured Exhibition

Old Idaho Penitentiary Cemetery
Cemetery Tours
Old Idaho Penitentiary Cemetery Tours

Mar 26th to Mar 30th