Events and Programs
Celebrate Boise Navy Week!
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
All hands on deck! Celebrate Boise Navy Week! Sail on down to the Idaho State Museum on Wednesday August 21, 2019. In doing so, visitors will learn more about naval history and its ties to Idaho. Thanks to the Naval History and Heritage Command, curators, archivists and sailors from the US Navy will be giving short presentations. Included in your museum admissions, this event runs from 10 A.M. until 5 P.M.
“Let those who serve today know that their sacrifice will always be remembered, honored, and valued.”
09:15 PM - 02:00 AM
August 31, 9:15pm-2:00am. Join Big River Paranormal as they use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with inmates and guards of the past. Participants must be at least 18 years old (ID required). This event is SOLD OUT. Join us for the October 18 Paranormal Investigation, as ticket sales begin Monday, September 16 at 12:00am.
Explore, Engage, Empower: Educator Night 2019
4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
The Idaho State Museum would like to invite teachers, professors, and educators to the Museum for our free* Educator Night on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Each educator may bring one free guest to the Museum with prior registration.
Mingle with colleagues, enjoy light refreshments, and discover how the Idaho State Historical Society can be a resource to enhance classroom learning.
- Explore the Museum
- Preview 2019-2020 program offerings
- Hear about upcoming exhibits and events from agency sites, including the Idaho State Museum, the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and the State Archives.
- Participate in activity booths running throughout the evening to sample education programs offered by each site.
- Learn how to help your students make deep and meaningful connections between their own lives and the stories of Idaho.
Each teacher that attends will be entered in a raffle for a FREE FIELD TRIP to the Idaho State Museum (single class, limit up to 30 students) or a history swag bag.
*This event is free for all qualifying educators and school staff. To qualify, you must be an active employee of a public, private or parochial school. Home school educators, early childhood educators, informal educators and education college students are eligible for Educator Night as well. All participants must provide a form of verification (college or employee I.D. card, business card, paystub, etc.) during check-in the day of Educator Open House.
Note: Age 21 and older only, please. No children will be admitted at this event.
To register, please visit: https://forms.gle/niTKBDU6PxbsgAq79
Sleepless in Stripes III
06:00 PM - 07:00 AM
September 13, 7:00pm-7:00am. Due to popular demand and at long last, the Old Idaho Penitentiary is offering guests a chance to stay overnight!
Sleepless in Stripes is a simulated prison experience, beginning with check-in, mugshots and even a souvenir “uniform” shirt! Guests will have chowtime in the yard and inmate “rec” time activities, a ghost tour of the site with behind the scenes exploration, and an overnight stay in our historic cell houses. This is an 18+ only event (photo ID required at the door).
Dying to Get IN: October Tours
06:00 pm - 10:00 PM
Saturday, October 12. 6pm-10pm (last admission 9pm). With five major riots and nearly 130 deaths onsite, the Idaho State Penitentiary is often considered one of the darkest standing pieces of Idaho history. As Halloween approaches, join our staff for an evening of ghost stories, behind the scenes peeks, and self-guided exploration of the site. Ghost Stories presentations are at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 (limited capacity each), and are first-come, first-served. Ticket sales begin Monday, September 2 at 12:00am here on our website.
09:15 PM - 02:00 AM
October 18, 9:15pm-2:00am. Join Big River Paranormal as they use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with inmates and guards of the past. Participants must be at least 18 years old (ID required). Ticket sales begin Monday, September 16 at 12:00am.
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